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Early Voting: 'I Just Feel Like I Need to Vote'

Despite a hurricane, Howard County residents took to the polls in large numbers this year.

Cathy Godfrey wanted to vote early.

"I'd planned to vote Monday," she said, adding with a laugh, "And Tuesday and Wednesday."  

But it was Friday by the time she made it to the polls,  a day after early voting was supposed to have ended.

Early voting was cancelled on Monday and Tuesday --  due Hurricane Sandy -- and not originally schedule for Friday. 

Godfrey was not the only person who took time out Friday cast a ballot ahead of next week's General Election. In fact, by Friday afternoon, turnout for early voting had already exceeded that of 2010 in 22 of 24 jurisdictions in the state.

"It's the convenience factor," Godfrey said as she was leaving the Ellicott City Senior Center. Looking back at the line out the door she added, "Though it may be more convenient to vote Tuesday,  with these crowds."

In Howard County, more than 12 percent of eligible voters took part in early voting; an increase of about 4 percent over 2010 early voting numbers.

She was not particularly interested in any one race, but, Godfrey said, "I just feel like I need to vote. For everything."

Related:

- Early Voting Surpases 2010 Election

- Ballot Questions Could Reshape Maryland's Social Landscape

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JaySmith November 03, 2012 at 11:25 AM
""She was not particularly interested in any one race, but, Godfrey said, "I just feel like I need to vote. For everything." "" Thanks for sharing, Cathy. However I prefer to go before the polls open on the normal day Tuesday, because I want to share the enthusiasm with others who want this current "Whatever"-in-Chief out of office as soon as possible. Four more years of economic devastation would be a bit too much. And, what did he promise about the economy? That's right, if he didn't turn it around, he'd stop at 4 years. Just one more lie, among his thousands.
Linda McNeeley November 03, 2012 at 05:16 PM
That would be Commander-in-Chief. Learn some respect for the president, whether or not you like him. I voted early and believe me the vibe was NOT about sharing enthusiasm with anyone around me wanting him out, because they didn't. You aren't female so you have nothing to worry about with Romney. Maybe when he loses he'll come out with a line of flip-flops for us to wear, that is when we aren't barefoot and pregnant or running home from work early to fetch dinner for our hubby's.
John Brooks November 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I know the above disrespectful person is in the 47% and doesnt even have the intelligence to know it.
anon November 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Linda: I am female and completely confident that I have nothing to worry about with Romney. I hope that other women see that he is a moderate on social issues and plans to concentrate on the economy as his priority.
MG42 November 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Linda, you are an uninformed voter who has bought into all the BS and hype (which both sides sling). Voters like you is why democracy fails. To suggest that Romney is waging a war on women is stupid and dishonest, especially since you did not mention even a single example. You should really be ashamed of yourself.

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