Rain didn’t stop voters, early tally suggests
CAMBRIDGE — Overcast skies did not stop voters from trudging to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, as polling locations across the county reported large turnouts.
Dorchester County Board of Elections Director Gwen Dales said Dorchester County had a record 3,009 voters cast their ballots by 11 a.m.
Dales said despite the rain, she had heard throughout the day polling locations were busy. She said she didn’t think the rain had kept people from the polls.
“We’re just hearing a good turnout throughout the county,” she said.
“That’s really good for us halfway through election day,” Dales said. “In the primary we had a little over 3,000, so this has been a good turnout. We’ve heard numbers are up state wide.”
Dales said there was a line every day during early voting and called it “highly unusual.” People are voting to take a political stand, she said. By 10 a.m. on the day of early voting, there were already 32 people in line, she said.
Dales said the weather had affected early voter turnout as well.
“People want to get it over with,” Dales said. “For us being on the Eastern Shore with low lying marsh areas, people vote early just in case they can’t make it to the polls.”
Rainfall totaled a tenth of an inch by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with the total rainfall for Dorchester County sitting around 0.18 of an inch.
Debbie Fitzhugh, a voting manager for a polling location at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, said voters had been steadily filtering in throughout the day.
She said the location had held a line all day. When the location finally reported its 11 a.m. tally of 253, Fitzhugh said the turnout was approaching a record for the precinct.
“We’ve seen a huge difference from the general to the primary. We only had 300 vote during the primary,” she said. “We’ve almost had by 11 what we’ve had all day for the primary.”
David Asher, a Dorchester County resident, stood outside St. Paul’s Untied Methodist Church Tuesday holding a sign supporting Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Colvin. He said he’s voting to take a stand.
“I’m against everything that Trump stands for,” he said.