The first day of early voting for the general election brought steady stream of people to polling places in Harford County Thursday, indicating an upswing in participation compared to the low turnout of the summer primary.
Bel Air's McFaul Activities Center, the largest of Harford's four early-voting sites, drew 249 people in the first hour of voting and 487 by noon, election officials reported.
The Edgewood library also had 155 voters by noon, while University Center in Aberdeen had 142 and the Jarrettsville library had 143, deputy elections director Dale Livingston said.
"It's been very busy," Livingston said early Thursday afternoon. "McFaul's been extremely busy, which is really fun."
A total of 6,261 people cast early ballots in the primary election, fewer than 4 percent of all eligible voters in the county.