Pritchett voted for Romney because she's "not happy with what's going with Obama." But if the White House and Congress don't start working together, she continued, "nothing will get done."

No waiting for voters

William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon was slightly ahead of its northern neighbor with 732 voters by 1 p.m.

"One machine got stuck and one turned off," said Chief Judge Charlotte Robinson, "but no big issues."


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Unlike Bel Air High School, roughly 50 people were waiting in line to vote. Robinson said it had been like that all day.

"We usually wait for the voters to come in," she joked. "We didn't expect it."

Dave Williams, of Abingdon, came to vote with his son, Scott, a first time voter.

"It was pretty much what I was expecting," the younger Williams said about his first election experience.

Dave Williams has never missed an opportunity to vote.

"I've voted here for 16 years and this is the longest line I've ever seen," he said.

A registered Democrat, Williams went away from party lines and voted for Rob Sobhani, an Independent, for Senate and Romney for president. So did his son.

"I think there should be term limitation," he said, referring to incumbent Ben Cardin's run in the U.S. Senate. "People get complacent and vote for familiar names."

As for Romney, Williams said, "It's definitely a time for change and not the kind we've had the last four years."

On the ballot questions, Williams voted against both expanded gambling in Maryland and same sex marriage.

Big numbers

Although there was no wait for voters at Patterson Mill High School, the polling location had seen one of the biggest turnouts so far in the Bel Air area - 1,250 voters by 2 p.m.

"It was a long line this morning," said chief judge Maggie Mundle. "There were 255 voters in the first hour."

She added that since opening at 7 a.m. there had "never been a time when the machines weren't all full."

Bel Air resident Susan Reinhardt said for this election she felt "more cynical than I've ever felt."

She explained that in the 2008 election she was originally for Obama, but became disillusioned quickly.