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Election judge Teresa Cifone, left, helps two voters at Bel Air's McFaul Activities Center on Sunday.
Election judge Teresa Cifone, left, helps two voters at Bel Air's McFaul Activities Center on Sunday. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF)

Despite four polling places being open, few Harford County residents were taking advantage of early voting.

Early voting for the presidential primary election got underway Thursday and will run through this Thursday, with registered Democrats and Republicans welcome from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bel Air's McFaul Activities Center, Aberdeen's University Center (formerly HEAT Center), the Edgewood Library or the Jarrettsville Library.

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The McFaul Center, the busiest site, counted 2,016 total voters through the end of the day Saturday, supervisor Maggie Mundle said Sunday afternoon.

Thursday and Friday had been the busiest days at McFaul, with 885 and 762 respectively, Mundle said.

By Sunday, the turnout had dropped dramatically, with zero voters until about 11 a.m. and 273 by about 5 p.m. Sunday.

"We thought it would get busy after church, then we thought it would be busy after [people went to] IHOP. Nope," Mundle observed about the weekend, which was also warm and sunny.

The McFaul Center had plenty of volunteers on hand and had even separated lines for Republican and Democrat ballots in anticipation of a heavier turnout.

The numbers of Republicans and Democrats who have voted at McFaul so far were about even, she said.

About 42 percent of the county's registered voters are Republican, 37 percent are Democrat and 20 percent are unaffiliated, according to a chart posted by the Board of Elections.

The county had 72,983 Republicans and 62,968 Democrats registered for the primary when the registration books closed last month.

Mundle reported 1,021 Republicans and 995 Democrats had voted at McFaul through the end of Saturday.

Among those stopping by the Bel Air site on Sunday was first-time voter Oscar Andon.

The 20-year-old Bel Air resident and Democrat seemed excited to cast his ballot for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Andon said he likes Sanders' stance on veterans affairs, his non-interventionist foreign policy, the fact that he worked with Sen. John McCain on financial reform, his plans for expanding Social Security and his claim of not having a super- PAC (political action committee).

Andon said he has been studying the ideas Sanders brought up in his economics class at the University of Delaware, where he is a student, and said this is the first election where he completely supports the candidate he is voting for.

He also enjoyed the early-voting experience at McFaul.

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"It's very easy," he said, adding it is a great choice for out-of-state students like him.

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