The long line greeting voters at Silver Spring Civic Center, one of five early voting locations in Montgomery County, was one of many throughout Maryland and DC, according to WTOP.com.
One Silver Spring resident told Patch that she got out early because she works as an election judge on election day. She also wanted to beat Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit Maryland late Sunday or Monday.
"Well that's why we're doing early voting today, we're done we don't have to worry about," said Rachel.
Gov. Martin O'Malley released a statement Friday that the storm could affect early voting centers in the state. After declaring a state of emergency, the governor may now lawfully postpone early voting; specify alternate voting locations or specify alternate voting systems, according to Maryland law cited in the statement.
Five early voting centers will operate from from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday, hours will be 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring
Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville
Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown
Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
Sample ballots were mailed to registered voters in Montgomery County and officials are urging voters to mark them ahead of their chosen voting day to make the process faster.
For information about the elections, or the voting process, contact the county elections office at 240-777-VOTE or online at www.777vote.org.