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Lots of Voters, No Problems So Far at UMd.

Rosalind Helderman

State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Prince George's), who has crusaded for more voting machines for the polling station at the University of Maryland's student union, reports long lines there today but says the process has run more smoothly than in past elections.

In 2006, students waited for hours and the last voter did not cast a ballot at the student union until 11:30 p.m. An analysis later found that the polling station had only four voting machines when its registration numbers suggested it should have been given 12.

Rosapepe said the polling station has plenty of machines today. A small bottleneck exists at the voter check-in station, he said. Still, he said wait-times seemed to be about 1 hour, despite heavy turnout. At 11 a.m. , he said, about 1,200 students had voted. In 2004, 740 students voted all day.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  November 4, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections , Rosalind Helderman  
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