As Maryland voters made their way to the polls Tuesday, they were tasked with decisions about who will serve as Maryland’s next governor and other state and local positions, as well as whether to approve the legalization of recreational cannabis and other ballot questions.
By Election Day, thousands of residents had already cast their votes during the early voting period or via mail-in ballots, but many others flocked to the polls to vote in person Tuesday.
A Canton resident and federal government employee, Deborah Holmes said because government employees are offered administrative leave on election days she will probably never do early voting.
“There is something about walking into my local site, talking to volunteers, and most of all getting my ‘I Voted’ sticker,” she said. “It’s something I look forward to.”
Baltimore City resident and retired city employee John Thayer said he’s been voting since he was 19, and at 63 years old he doesn’t trust mail-in voting.
“I had a state senator as a godfather, so I always got out to vote from when I was first legally able to do it,” Thayer said. “It’s our constitutional right, and people don’t realize that if they don’t vote and it don’t go their way then it’s their own fault.”
Devid Schatz of Baltimore City said she was voting primarily against the Republican party.
“I’m a union trade worker and I don’t agree with everything the Democratic party does, but I know it’s less harmful than what the Republican party is doing,” Schatz said. “I like Wes Moore; he’s more of a status quo politician. But Dan Cox is ridiculously awful, so I would be voting against him if he was up against a ham sandwich.”
Lansdowne resident Phillip LeBlue said he was motivated to vote by his desire to protect abortion rights.
“I may not be a woman, but I’m pretty steamed about the Roe V. Wade decision,” LeBlue said. “My mom raised me to respect women and I feel like that is a great disrespect. It’s not anybody else’s choice to tell other women how to control their bodies. I may not have a uterus, but I know a few that do.”
Violetville resident Regina Jacobs, who is raising two children in the Baltimore City public school system, said she is focused on education and was voting for the lesser of two evils.
“I really don’t like either candidate that’s up for governor,” Jacobs said. “Peter Franchot is who I thought would have been wonderful. Living here and raising children here, it’s things that need to change and I honestly don’t think we’re going to get it this time around.”
Any eligible voter who is in line at their polling site by 8 p.m. can cast a vote.
Voters can check their polling location on the Maryland Board of Elections’ website.