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At U.Md., Students Rush to Polls

As polls closed at the University of Maryland at College Park, the line of students waiting to vote swelled. One student leader organized an impromptu game of bingo for the students, while Lauren Kim, 21, a senior art history major, reminded the students that they couldn't get out of line after 8 p.m. -- even to use the bathroom.

"One minute to vote!" Kim yelled down to students in the food court.

"Yo!" cried Stephan Saunders, 26, a graduate student in psychology. He was the last student to enter the line, having rushed over from dance practice.

Regarding the legalization of slot machines, Saunders said: "I say go for it! People gamble anyway. Everyone plays poker here every Friday night. We shouldn't be punishing it, we should be making money off it."

Turnout among the university's students appeared to be about double what it was in 2004, Kim said.

--Nelson Hernandez

By Philip Rucker  |  November 4, 2008; 8:10 PM ET
 
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