Queen Anne’s voters favor Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton
CENTREVILLE — Almost 46 percent of the registered voters in Queen Anne’s County took part in the Primary Election, Tuesday, April 26. Out of 27,245 voters, 12,496 ballots were cast — either on election day or during early voting.
Unofficial results showed local voters mirrored choices of voters statewide. On the Republican ticket, Donald Trump was favored for president, Kathy Szeligia for U.S. Senator and incumbent Andy Harris by large lead for U.S. Congress Congressional District 1. On the Democratic ticket, voters picked Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination, Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senator and Joe Werner, U.S. Congress Congressional District 1.
The Board of Elections reported there were no disturbances, and no problems had been reported at any of the polling locations.
“Voting was slow and steady across the county on Tuesday,” said Elections Director for Queen Anne’s County Brittani Thomas.
Tom and Joyce Hollingsworth from Queen Anne voted early on Tuesday morning in the primary election. Joyce Hollingsworth said she had been following the presidential campaign closely, watching the debates on CNN, but said, “after awhile it gets to be too much, if you know what I mean.” Still she said, it would have been interesting to attend the Trump debate in Harrington, Del., last week. “I would’ve liked to see what his hair looked like in person,” she joked.
Hollingsworth said the last presidential candidate she recalls visiting the Eastern Shore was John F. Kennedy. She was 18 at the time and said she regrets not taking the opportunity to see him in person. Hollingsworth also had an uncle who was able to see Roosevelt when he visited the town of Denton during his campaign for president.
In Church Hill, there were 12 people in line to cast ballots at the Church Hill Elementary School when the polls opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. They moved through the process quickly and were in and out in about 10 minutes. Only a handful of voters followed within the next few minutes. There was no word of any problems at the polling place in the early going.
Voters at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department polling place were taking the new voting system in stride.
“It’s been wonderful so far. The turnout has been larger than expected,” said Chief Election Judge Nina Groves at 9:30 am. at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department polling place. She said when the polls opened at 7 a.m. there were about 20 people in line.
“We’ve had a steady flow and things have been going smoothly. We have no complaints,” Groves said. She said that children accompanying their parents into the voting booth were given their own “ballot” to take with them. “We want them to see the process up close.”
“Everything was good and there were no problems,” said Lois Isaac of Marling Farms. “Things are very organized and I didn’t have to wait.” She said her voting experience was a very positive one.
Betty Sipes of Dominion emerged from the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department polling place and said, “Everything was great.” She said she only had to wait about a minute and a half to cast her ballot. Asked about the new paper ballots, Sipes said they were “different but good.”
“It seemed fine to me,” said Steve Adams of Stevensville of his voting experience. He said information was explained well on the folder he got before entering the polling place.
“We walked right in. There was no wait. It was quick,” said his wife Kristin Adams.
Mary Rossi of Marling Farms said she was “in and out” very quickly. It was her first time voting at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department polling place. She said things went smoothly with the new paper ballots, which she described as being “like the old school tests” where circles had to be filled in.
As of Tuesday, 290 of 510 absentee ballots had been returned. The deadline for postmarks was Monday, so more may be arriving. And there are 266 provisional ballots, Thomas said. They won’t know how many of those will be counted until after the canvas May 4.
There were lots of choices on the ballot, said Rita and Barney Stephens from Symphony Village in Centreville on exiting the polls. They were pleased with the easy to use voting system implemented this election.
Linda Parr from Centreville uses the new scanning unit to cast her ballot, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Parr said she had her mind set on who to vote for for some time now. Parr was pleased with how easy it was to vote using the new system.