As reported in the Baltimore Sun, after a brief hiatus during Hurricane Sandy, early voters are returning to the polls in record numbers.
By [Wednesday] evening, more than 73,500 voters statewide had cast ballots, bringing the three-day total to nearly 208,000 so far, according to the state Board of Elections. That was far ahead of the pace of the gubernatorial election of 2010, the state’s first experience with early voting, when nearly 220,000 Marylanders cast ballots over six days.
The Annapolis Capital-Gazette suggested that a combination of hot ballot questions and the impending storm raised numbers of early voters over the weekend.
A combination of hot issues on the ballot and an impending storm drove thousands of Anne Arundel County residents to early voting centers on Saturday, causing long lines and significant waits.
The Governor of Maryland has added Friday as an early voting day to accommodate the closures during the storm. By Executive Order,
All early voting centers shall be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Thursday, November 1, 2012, and Friday, November 2, 2012.