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‘I just wanted to beat the crowd.’ Early voting starts in Anne Arundel County for 2022 primary election.

Election season officially began Thursday in Anne Arundel County and all over Maryland as early voting for the 2022 primary election opened.

Around the county turnout was low, but that’s to be expected for the first day of early voting. Annapolis Middle School was one of the busiest of the county’s nine early voting locations with just under 100 votes cast before noon.

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At stake are several party nominations for county office, perhaps headlined by the five-way Republican battle for county executive. Statewide, there are competitive races for governor, attorney general and comptroller. None of the three incumbents is running for reelection and multiple Democrats and Republicans are vying to replace them.

There may not have been many people casting their ballot earlier than Kathleen Johnson, a member of the West County Democratic Club. Johnson was ready to vote at 6:45 a.m.

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“I just wanted to beat the crowd,” she said outside the Jockey Club at the Laurel Park Race Track early voting site. “It’s my duty to vote, so I’m going to do it.”

Early voters, especially in the morning, encounter few if any delays. And that’s exactly what David Schwartz, retired truck driver and Republican, wanted to experience.

“I came out today in hopes that the line wouldn’t be so long,” he said outside of the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections.

Voters came out for plenty of reasons. Some to support a specific candidate, others to fulfill their civic duty. But for those like Corine Stanton, 18, a student from Davidsonville, this chance to vote meant more.

As an abortion rights advocate, Stanton said she feels that Roe v. Wade being overturned could create a domino effect involving other Supreme Court rulings.

“Laws like same sex marriage and contraception are going to be in danger now, so that’s what motivated me to go inside that building [Central Middle School] and vote for the first time,” she said.

While Roe v. Wade was on some voters’ minds, it wasn’t central to all. Stanton’s father, Brian Stanton, 58, who works for an electric utility, is focused on environmental issues and development.

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He also noted key races that he was interested in, such as Anne Arundel County executive and state races for attorney general and comptroller.

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“[Katie Curran] O’Malley is someone I’ve admired for a long time, so I voted for her,” Stanton said. “I support Steuart Pittman [running unopposed for county executive] and Brooke Lierman for comptroller. I think she was highly qualified.”

Glen Burnie’s Sonya Parker, who does accounting work for Anne Arundel Medical Center, said she was motivated to vote early because of how critical this election is.

“It’s a very important election,” said Parker, a Democrat, outside the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections. “We have some very important positions up this election and based on the current climate in politics, our choice to vote and who to vote for will decide if we have the strong people in office to hold on to democracy.”

Early voting locations are open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. until July 14. Primary day is July 19. Polls will be open that day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you still haven’t registered to vote it’s not too late. Just head to any early voting location and bring documentation proving you live in Anne Arundel County. A Maryland driver’s license, ID card, change of address card, paycheck, bank statement or utility bill works so long as the document lists the name and address of the voter.

Here is a list of Anne Arundel County’s early voting locations:

  • Arundel Middle School — 1179 Hammond Lane, Odenton, 21113
  • Gladys D. Greene Banquet Hall — 898 Airport Park Road, Glen Burnie, 21061
  • Magothy River/Severn River Middle School — 241 Peninsula Farm Road, Arnold, 21012
  • Annapolis Middle School — 1399 Forest Drive, Annapolis, 21403
  • Central Middle School — 221 Central Ave., East Edgewater, 21037
  • Crofton High School — 2291 Davidsonville Road, Gambrills, 21054
  • Anne Arundel County Board of Elections — 6740 Baymeadow Drive, Glen Burnie, 21060
  • Laurel Park Racetrack — 198 Laurel Race Track Road, Laurel, 20725
  • Deale Elks Lodge — 6022 Drum Point Road, Deale, 20751

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