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'Getting People Out There to Vote Is What It's All About'

Perhaps anticipating long waits, many Montgomery County voters arrived before polls opened, causing a morning crush with long lines.

"When you have a large portion of a precinct turn out first thing in the morning, that's going to present a problem," said Marjorie Roher, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

On the flip side, Roher said, "I think long lines are a good thing -- getting people out there to vote is what it's all about."

In Montgomery, elections board workers drove additional equipment to about a dozen polling places that had longer lines. The county also had "a few very tiny machine glitches," almost all fixed over the phone with information technology experts, Roher said.

All Montgomery polling stations opened on time, she said at midday.

The next big crunch is expected around 4 p.m., when people begin voting on their way home from work.

-- Katherine Shaver

By Phyllis Jordan  |  November 4, 2008; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections  
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No, fielding qualified candidates is what it's all about and our current process ensures the mediocre rises to the top - which is what we are facing right now. It makes no sense for me to waste my time standing in line in order to face a choice of two candidates who I have no interest in supporting.

I just don't understand all of this breathless excitment.

Posted by: tagazio | November 4, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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