A variety of campaign signs are shown outside the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. The civic center is a polling location. (Photo: WBOC)
Dozens of campaign signs are shown in front of W. Reily Brown Elementary School in Dover, which was a polling location. (Photo: WBOC)
DOVER, Del. and CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A steady stream of voters turned out at various polling locations across Delmarva on Tuesday. Polls opened at 6 a.m. in Virginia and 7 a.m. in Delaware and Maryland.
WBOC reporter LeAnne Matlach went to W. Reily Brown Elementary School in Dover, where many voters showed up to cast their ballots.
Sherri Harrell, a Democrat, said she got more involved in politics this year and became an elections volunteer.
"This is like my first time involved to this degree and I'm so excited," she said. "And I hope from this, voters can figure out that it's very important, that one vote is very important."
The voting process has not been easy for everyone, Matlach reports. She said there has been confusion about where voters are supposed to go to place their ballots.
Dell Sage, a Republican voter said, "They told me, after I gave them my name, that my wife and I were voting at this school. And I come to the school and they don't know nothing about it. They don't even know where the place is that's on my card."
But that was not going to stop Sage from casting his vote.
"I'm still looking for a place to vote," he said. "I will vote."
Campaign workers and everyday citizens were out in Dover Tuesday, exercising their right to vote.
"I'm always interested in the candidates that support education because I'm a retired schoolteacher," said Pam Kelly, a Democrat.
Lou Ann Barrett said she voted Republican because she is worried about the future.
"I have grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have to pay off the debt that this administration has run up," she said.
People formed long lines in Cambridge, awaiting their turn to make their votes count. Anthonei Sharriggold of Cambridge told WBOC reporter Steven Fisher that this was her first time voting. She said one of the reasons she was at the polls Tuesday was to vote on Question 6, the Maryland referendum centering on gay marriage.
"I just feel like it's OK for them to be together but I don't respect the fact that they should be able to be married to each other," she said. "I just don't think that's right."
Brenda Duff of Cambridge said she turned out to vote to make sure the country's future is bright.
"When you get to a certain age you need Social Security," she said. "There aren't any jobs in Dorchester County so we have to have jobs in this town. Then I have to look out for my grandchildren and my kids. So that's why I am out here to vote. The way the world is turning now it's turning in the opposite."
Many Maryland voters believe all of the races and ballot questions are important and put none above the rest.
"All of them are critical...the president of course, the gay marriage [referendum], the redistricting one. All of those are critical and I am quite concerned about them," said George Wheatley of Cambridge. "As a veteran, many veterans are here today, knowing that we fought for our rights and freedom to do this. It means so much to me when I see so many come out and vote."
Virginia's polls close at 7 p.m. and the polls in Delaware and Maryland close at 8.
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