NOTE: Results from the state election’s board have been delayed due to high voter turnout in Prince George’s County. Voters were still in line after 9 p.m. Capital Gazette will provide updates as results are released.
Shelly Moore of Hanover was casting her vote Tuesday one way or another.
“I was motivated to vote because it is our constitutional right, and I believe that is something we owe it to our self to do,” said Moore, 53. “I'm tired of people complaining when they don't vote. You have to come out and vote if you want to make a difference.”
She mistakenly went to the Odenton Regional Library to vote. But that didn't stop Moore as she voted — Democrat — with a provisional ballot. For her, the spirit of voting mattered most.
Thousands of others joined her starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, voting across Anne Arundel County during a long day of rain. The Capital fanned out across the county to hear their reasons for showing up, and they weren’t shy.
With the polls now closed at 8 p.m., here’s a look at what they said.
It was pouring when Robert Trust of Pasadena, who works for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, arrived at Lake Shore Elementary School.
Trust said he voted for Gov. Larry Hogan. “I like what he’s done. So, I voted for him. He’s my main man. ”
It was “quick and easy” to the vote this morning, Trust said.
“It was probably faster and more efficient than any other vote we’ve had so far and I’m 64, so that says something,” he said.
Marjorie Kimble, 64, said there’s one issue that brought her to the polls Tuesday: President Donald Trump.
“Every vote I cast was against Trump,” the Annapolis resident said as she exited Bates Middle School. “I’m embarrassed to say he’s my president.”
Kimble said she would have normally supported Hogan. But this year she was intent on casting a straight Democratic ballot.
Christine Robertson, 52, said she's looking forward to a second term for Hogan.
"I think he's done a terrific job. I like that he's bipartisan and he's done what he said he's going to do."
By the time Robertson left Bates Middle School at about 4 p.m., 337 people cast Republican ballots. More than 500 voted as Democrats.
Jesus Carrillo, 21, of Odenton said he hoped the rain would mean shorter lines and wait. He was right, as he was in and out of the Odenton Regional Library in only a few minutes.
He called himself a bipartisan voter choosing policies over strict party.
“I feel right now there is a big imbalance between the Republicans and Democrats. I am personally bipartisan, I like some Republican policies and some Democratic polices,” Carrillo said. “I voted for Larry Hogan even though I know he is a Republican governor. He chooses things that are good for the people of Maryland and the state not just what his party goes for. The rest I pretty much voted Democratic.”
Ashley Daumit, 29, a mother who lives in the Annapolis area, voted for the first time Tuesday. The big issue that drove her to the polls was guns, she said.
“That’s really big because I have two children,” Daumit said, standing outside Rolling Knolls Elementary School. “We need a huge change because there are a lot of issues right now.”
A registered Democrat, she voted for a straight-Democratic ticket.
“I’m more of the big picture,” Daumit said. “I want to be all Democrat. Mainly because I don’t trust the Republicans.”
For Claire McDermott, 32, of Annapolis, voting was about making a statement.
“I basically just wanted to respond to the previous election," the stay-at-home mom said. “I voted for Hillary (Clinton) in 2016 and I am not happy with the direction we're moving in.”
The sunset on Shady Side Elementary school Tuesday as a cheer went up.
A pair of fraternal twins and first-time voters had cast their ballots. The election judges cheer every time a new voter entered the school gymnasium, said chief election judge Keith Thomas, who is this year overseeing his third election.
Fellow election judge Kurt Heinz said the turnout topped this year's primary, which saw about 300 voters.
Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., 51 voters cast their ballot, bringing the day’s total to 669.
Scott and Jennifer Phipps, both Democrats of Shady Side, said federal races drove them to the polls.
“I just think it’s important to make some changes in the House (of Representatives,” Jennifer Phipps said. “I want it Democrat controlled.”
Jennifer Phipps voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, while Scott Phipps deviated from his party-line vote to support Hogan.
“I like the job he’s done the last four years,” Scott Phipps said. “I didn’t know a lot about Jealous.”
Greg Kilchenstein, 53, of Churchton said he’s never missed an election.
People who don’t vote don’t take the country seriously, he said.
Kilchenstein cast his ballot based on education issues and infrastructure. He declined to name which candidates he voted for, but said he focuses on the best ideas to improve school and curricula — not necessarily the candidate that backs the most school spending.
Girl Scout Troop 4020 was set up outside of Lake Shore Elementary School, where Jealous voted. Troop leader Kristen Eaton, 41, of Pasadena, said that by 9 a.m., they had already sold 50 boxes.
The preferred cookie of voters? Caramel deLites, Eaton said.