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Busy early voting provides tune-up for judges trained to assure smooth election

Busy early voting provides tune-up for judges trained to assure smooth election

On the first day of early voting on Oct. 27, some voters waited in lines for more than 40 minutes 10 deep to mark their ballots at Towson University's administration building.

"We've had lines all day long," said Jim Erbe, the chief Republican judge at the Towson center, one of nine such centers in Baltimore County, during what shaped up to be a record-setting opening day at polls across Maryland. Wait times were about 30 minutes during peak hours.

Few problems were reported at any of the county sites, where voters relied on the election judges, a vital battalion of temporary workers enlisted every two years to keep the democratic process moving.

Overall, the...

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