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Early voting turnout in Laurel higher than on first day in primary, election judge says

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Election judges at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center said turnout there was stronger than in the primary, as early voting opened throughout the state Thursday.

"We're keeping pretty busy here," said Susan Habig, a Laurel resident and chief Republican judge at the polling place. In the primary, she noted, the center saw under 800 people over the four days she oversaw voting.

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By contrast, 425 people had shown up to vote by 6 p.m. on Thursday. In all, 3,714 Prince George's County voters had cast a vote by 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

In Howard County, 1,617 voters had turned out by 3 p.m.

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Earl Smith, of Bowie, said he stopped by the Laurel-Beltsville senior center because he was in the area. The retiree said he liked to vote early "because it's so crowded on Election Day, and sometimes I feel like I'm holding people up who have to go to work."

Della McCowan, of Laurel, said she chose to vote early "because I may be out of town, and I didn't want to miss my chance." McCowan said she votes in every election. This year, she was excited to vote for Prince George's County state's attorney Angela Alsobrooks and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

'I think they've been doing a good job," she said.

William Berkson, also of Laurel, agreed. The registered Democrat said he came out to the polls to "vote a straight Democratic ticket," though he didn't think the party was in any danger of losing in the heavily Democratic county.

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"I just believe in voting," he said.

Nevertheless, some say voter turnout could make all the difference in some county and state races.

As he cast his vote at the Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia on Thursday, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who is running for lieutenant governor on Democratic candidate Anthony Brown's ticket, said it was critical to both candidates in the gubernatorial race that supporters show up to vote.

"Whoever folks are voting for, we want to make sure people know there are short lines or no lines" at early voting centers, he said.

"We feel strong in any circumstance, but there's no question that stronger turnout helps us," Ulman said of his and Brown's campaign. "We know our voters are out there."

Democratic Howard County executive candidate Courtney Watson, who met Ulman at the polls, was even more blunt.

"The campaign that gets their voters turned out is going to win," she said.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 and every day for the next week, through Oct. 30. Early voting centers are open throughout the weekend.

Prince George's County voters can choose from among eight early voting centers, including the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Laurel voters who live in Howard County have three options: Columbia's Florence Bain Senior Center, Ridgely's Run Community Center in Jessup or the Miller branch library in Ellicott City. The Anne Arundel County early voting center closest to Laurel is located at the Odenton Regional Library.

This story has been updated.

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