Marylanders Crowd Polls on First Day of Early Voting

Delores Moore was hoping to beat the rush Thursday when she got on a bus and headed to an early-voting center in Northeast Baltimore.

But when she arrived at the League for People with Disabilities, site of the early-voting center, she found a line that snaked through the building and kept people waiting more than an hour.

“I just want to get it over with,” the 81-year-old Waverly woman said as she left. “I wanted to beat the crowd, but the crowd beat me.”

Tens of thousands of Marylanders who turned out for the first day of early voting —125,914 statewide, including about 9,500 in Baltimore — faced long waits at the busiest polling places. But otherwise, they had smooth experiences, state and local officials said.