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Maryland Voters Lukewarm On Early Voting

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By Matt Laslo

For the first time Maryland voters can cast ballots in person ahead of election day, but the idea is still catching on.

Walking up to Silver Spring's Civic Building, your eyes can't help but be drawn to the rows of political signs just begging for attention. But inside, there are only a few voters.

Steve Adese says for him, early voting has been a godsend.

"It worked for me because I wouldn't have been able to vote in the primary, because of a scheduling conflict, I'll be traveling next week. So it's terrific that they offered it," says Adese.

There are ten early voting centers in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Marjorie Roher of Montgomery County's Board of Elections says they've been averaging about a thousand early voters a day since Friday. And she says that despite what seems to be less enthusiasm for early voting here than in the District, she expects higher early turnout in October.

"I think that we're off to a good start and I would think that that number would increase prior to the general election," says Roher.

Voters can cast early ballots until Thursday. Maryland's primary is next Tuesday.

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