The director of the Howard County Board of Elections advised residents to head to the polls in the afternoon on Tuesday to avoid long lines during an election in which big turnouts are expected.
Guy C. Mickley, director of the board of elections, expects an 84 percent turnout among the county's 188,000 registered voters.
That compares to the 60.88 percent turnout Howard County saw in the 2010 gubernatorial general election, according to state election data. State turnout for that election was 54.02 percent.
He added that about 16 pecent of the county voted during early voting this year and another 3 or 4 percent will vote absentee.
"Anytime in the middle of the day when people are at work is the best time to go to the polls," said Mickley.
As for results, Mickley hopes to have them by midnight on Election Day.
He said his staff is ready for Election Day. Election judges along with board of elections staff will set up the polls Monday night, according to Mickley.
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