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Maryland election officials expect the polls to be busy Tuesday as about 2 million registered voters have yet to cast a ballot.Everyone has their own reason for casting their ballot in the 2020 election.”I just feel like it’s my duty. If I’m going to live in America, I might as well give my opinion out there,” said Paul Zerhusen, a voter.More than 1 million Marylanders have already cast a ballot, either by mail or during early voting in person. Early voting on Monday was busy at North County High School in Glen Burnie.”I think it will be complicated tomorrow. There’s probably going to be a lot of people trying to come in with the pandemic. Taking that into consideration, I just wanted to do it earlier,” said Richard Cedeno, a voter.”I wasn’t sure I could get out of work with enough time to get there. I was worried about the line,” said Jenny McColgan, a voter. Meanwhile at Cross Country at Northwestern in Baltimore City, it was a bit of a wait but still better than what most are predicting for Election Day.“I think it’s going to be really, really crowded tomorrow. Got up early to do this, so hopefully I won’t be in a line forever,” said Michelle Matthews, a voter.Matthews brought her daughter along for a teaching moment, a chance for her to feel part of the process, while Henry Kouwen-Hoven says this is his first-time voting in a presidential election.”I was thinking of issues of social justice and management of the novel-coronavirus pandemic kind of motivated me to really look into best interest for community,” Kouwen-Hoven said.“Most important to me was how our students were going to be dealt with in this coming year and beyond also the housing situation in Baltimore City,” said Elaine James, a voter.State election officials do expect there to be some lines Tuesday, especially early in the morning and in the evening. But everyone who’s in line by 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.”It’s a presidential general election. Our voters are eager to have their say, and we do expect there to be lines at opening and possibly at the end of the day,” said Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the Maryland State Board of Elections. “(We) just ask voters to be patient. The poll workers inside are working as hard and as fast as they can, and they are ready to serve you.”Where a person votes might be different this year as many of the usual polling places are closed because of lack of space for social distancing. On Election Day, the number of voting centers expands from 81 locations to 320 across the state.Find a polling place in your county”We want voters to keep in mind their traditional neighborhood polling place is probably closed in response to the pandemic and the desire to have larger facilities that can handle more voters more safely,” Charlson said. “We’ve moved to having fewer voting locations but more space and allowing voters to go to any of the voting centers in their county.”All polling places have coronavirus safety protocols, including frequent sanitizing, social distancing and requiring voters to wear masks. And if you drop off or mail your ballot Tuesday, it will be counted.“The social distance is wonderful, the hand sanitizing is wonderful. They cleaning down the machine as soon as someone left,” said Chanell Parker, a voter. “The most important thing to me is the pandemic because I am a health care worker.””There are going to be many, many ballots that are going to be counted after Election Day. That is a normal process for us. The volume is higher, but it’s normal that we count ballots for 10 days, and in this election, it might be longer,” Charlson said.Residents can even register to vote and cast their ballot on Election Day.”I don’t care who you vote for, you vote for everyone you want to vote for. Just vote,” McColgan said.State elections officials say that they are typically still counting ballots 10 days after Election Day. This time around, they say it might take even longer.Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday — find a polling place in your county.BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONSAnne Arundel CountyBaltimore CityBaltimore CountyCarroll CountyHarford CountyHoward County

Maryland election officials expect the polls to be busy Tuesday as about 2 million registered voters have yet to cast a ballot.

Everyone has their own reason for casting their ballot in the 2020 election.

“I just feel like it’s my duty. If I’m going to live in America, I might as well give my opinion out there,” said Paul Zerhusen, a voter.

More than 1 million Marylanders have already cast a ballot, either by mail or during early voting in person. Early voting on Monday was busy at North County High School in Glen Burnie.

“I think it will be complicated tomorrow. There’s probably going to be a lot of people trying to come in with the pandemic. Taking that into consideration, I just wanted to do it earlier,” said Richard Cedeno, a voter.

“I wasn’t sure I could get out of work with enough time to get there. I was worried about the line,” said Jenny McColgan, a voter.

Meanwhile at Cross Country at Northwestern in Baltimore City, it was a bit of a wait but still better than what most are predicting for Election Day.

“I think it’s going to be really, really crowded tomorrow. Got up early to do this, so hopefully I won’t be in a line forever,” said Michelle Matthews, a voter.

Matthews brought her daughter along for a teaching moment, a chance for her to feel part of the process, while Henry Kouwen-Hoven says this is his first-time voting in a presidential election.

“I was thinking of issues of social justice and management of the novel-coronavirus pandemic kind of motivated me to really look into best interest for community,” Kouwen-Hoven said.

“Most important to me was how our students were going to be dealt with in this coming year and beyond also the housing situation in Baltimore City,” said Elaine James, a voter.

State election officials do expect there to be some lines Tuesday, especially early in the morning and in the evening. But everyone who’s in line by 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

“It’s a presidential general election. Our voters are eager to have their say, and we do expect there to be lines at opening and possibly at the end of the day,” said Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the Maryland State Board of Elections. “(We) just ask voters to be patient. The poll workers inside are working as hard and as fast as they can, and they are ready to serve you.”

Where a person votes might be different this year as many of the usual polling places are closed because of lack of space for social distancing. On Election Day, the number of voting centers expands from 81 locations to 320 across the state.

“We want voters to keep in mind their traditional neighborhood polling place is probably closed in response to the pandemic and the desire to have larger facilities that can handle more voters more safely,” Charlson said. “We’ve moved to having fewer voting locations but more space and allowing voters to go to any of the voting centers in their county.”

All polling places have coronavirus safety protocols, including frequent sanitizing, social distancing and requiring voters to wear masks. And if you drop off or mail your ballot Tuesday, it will be counted.

“The social distance is wonderful, the hand sanitizing is wonderful. They cleaning down the machine as soon as someone left,” said Chanell Parker, a voter. “The most important thing to me is the pandemic because I am a health care worker.”

“There are going to be many, many ballots that are going to be counted after Election Day. That is a normal process for us. The volume is higher, but it’s normal that we count ballots for 10 days, and in this election, it might be longer,” Charlson said.

Residents can even register to vote and cast their ballot on Election Day.

“I don’t care who you vote for, you vote for everyone you want to vote for. Just vote,” McColgan said.

State elections officials say that they are typically still counting ballots 10 days after Election Day. This time around, they say it might take even longer.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday — find a polling place in your county.

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