Maryland early voting ends Friday

With just three days left until election day, hundreds of Maryland voters were willing to wait in long lines to take advantage of the last day of early voting.

On this chilly morning people passed the time at the sports and learning center in Landover reading, talking on the telephone.

Anything to keep busy during their wait, which for some was as long as four hours. By noon nearly a thousand people had cast their ballots.

“I didn't think it was going to be this long to tell you the truth,” says Maxine Smith, an early voter. “I really didn't but I guess everybody got the word that they were going to extend it another day.”

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(Emmanuel Bandoh/Early Voter) I was actually surprised. There are a lot of people out here and I think everybody is trying to take advantage of it.

The state board of elections says a record setting number of people voted early - nearly 300,000.

But the process was disrupted by Hurricane Sandy. Friday, was an extra day tacked on to make up for those lost in the storm.

“That kind of threw my schedule off so I knew that today was the last day of early voting so I made sure that I got out early,” says David Lindsay, another early voter.

Urging people to get back out and vote, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown joined Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Prince George’s County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks at the polls Wednesday morning.