Queen Anne’s vot­ers fa­vor Don­ald Trump, Hil­lary Clin­ton

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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.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

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.

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