The Ballistereris both voted for Obama, against Question 6 and for Question 7.

"I was stressing over who to vote for President," Paul Ballistereri said. "It comes down to who lies the best or who BS's you like the most."

"It's just like the stock market," he added. "Past performance in not indicative of future results."

The church had volunteers in the lobby serving free coffee and doughnut holes to voters.

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Early start

In Fallston, where the 7 a.m. temperature was 32 degrees and frost covered the farm fields, voters and came an went fairly quickly at Precinct 3-06 at Fallston Middle School during the first hour the polls were open. The sun was rising in a blue sky with a few white clouds.

Lisa Fresham-Wilson and Christopher Comeringer, the two election judges for the precinct, said they had already been pretty busy. At 7:30 there was about a 10-minute wait to sign in and get an empty voting station.

"We had a line outside when we opened," Comeringer said. "We've never had that before."

"So far it's gone very well, no problems," he added.

By 8 a.m., the traffic in and out of the parking lot at Fallston Middle had died down considerably.

Split down middle

At Prospect Mill, Rev. Ken Tipton and his wife, Vonnie, are also regular voters, but said this year there's special interest in the presidential race.

Tipton, a "Ronald Reagan Republican," said the country appears to be split down the middle.

"It will be a close election. I have high hopes, but not high expectations," Tipton said.

Both Tiptons voted against same sex marriage and gaming in Maryland and proudly cast their ballots for Mitt Romney.

Harford elections officials had said they expected a total turnout of between 80 to 85 percent for this election.

Voter turnout was exceeding expectations at Havre de Grace High School, where Chief Election Judge James McKenzie said Tuesday afternoon that "turnout was better than what we expected."

Lines unheard of

"In the history of this precinct, people waiting in line is completely unheard of," McKenzie said.

McKenzie, working his fourth general election, said hadn't seen any problems as of 1 p.m.