"He's just like every other politician," she said. Reinhardt, a registered Republican, added that it should be a close election as the "country is pretty divided" between the two main candidates.

If Reinhardt had her way, however, "I think I'd get rid of everyone and start over," she joked.

She fears the official winner won't be announced Tuesday night, or even by Wednesday, preparing for something similar to the 2000 election with Al Gore and George W. Bush.

Reinhardt also voted for Sobhani, saying the state needs to "get out these good ol' boys."

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For Congress, she went with Muir Boda, a Libertarian, in District 1 over incumbent Andy Harris, calling Boda "another person who's different"

Heavy all day

Scott Schlegel, the chief Republican election judge at Prospect Mill, said voting was "heavy" all day, and he thought it was the ballot questions on same sex marriage, gambling expansion and in-state tuition for illegal immigrant children, not the presidential race, that was drawing the voters.

Schlegel said he has been working elections for 28 years, and he likened this year's to the year of the gun ban in 1986 or 1988.

"When the polls closed at 8 p.m., there were 300 people in line," Schlegel said. "It might be that way tonight."

Even with 40 people waiting, the line to vote at Prospect Mill Elementary School moved smoothly around noon Tuesday.

It was the same way at most polling, where election officials were saying the crowds were larger than usual. It took about 30 minutes to get through the entire voting process at Prospect Mill, and by the time it was over, the lines were much shorter.

Another polling place reporting lines throughout the day was Jarrettsville Elementary, one of the county's largest voting precincts.

A mid-morning line snaked through the lobby of the school, as more than 100 people waited to get into the cafeteria to sign in and cast their votes. Even more were waiting at noon, according to one voter who went to Jarrettsville at that time.

From 7 p.m. to about 1:30 p.m., a long line of voters also snaked around the perimeter of the huge Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, according to elections officials at that polling place. Though far fewer people were waiting to vote around 4 p.m.

'Biggest I've seen'

"It's the biggest [turnout] I've seen, and I've seen quite a few," said Chief Election Judge Earl Winters. "It's a close election, and people are just involved in a lot of serious issues."

Karen Ballistereri, of Joppa, who came to vote with her husband, Paul, thought the voting process went well, even with the high number of people participating.

"Everything went easy and smooth," Karen Ballistereri said. "It was very organized, and we were in and out.

She had a tough decision on how to vote.

"I went overall with a gut feeling on who can make a difference," Ballistereri said. "With what you see on TV, you don't know who to believe."