County residents made their way to polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the 2014 gubernatorial primary election.
Daneen Banks, deputy administrator for the Prince George’s County Board of Elections, said approximately 19,000 voters had cast their ballots as of 11 a.m., which is about a 3.5 percent turnout. According to Banks the turnout for the 2010 election was 21 percent.
While the Montgomery County Board of Elections reported problems with some of its electronic poll books in a limited number of precincts, Banks said Prince George’s County polling centers had not experienced any difficulties.
Sandor Drosick, chief judge at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club polling center, said turnout was “very light.”
“It’s because of early voting and the fact that the state encourages early voting and the public has been receptive to this,” Drosick said. “The number of individuals, percentage-wise, the number of people showing up over the years has been declining. There’s more opting for early voting and also mail-in-balloting. That is certainly the trend and it will probably continue on into the future as more people exercise the other options that the state has created.”
As of 1 p.m., Drosick said 120 democrats and 25 republicans had voted at the center.
At the Montpelier Elementary School voting center, Chief Judge Janice Custis said 61 people had voted as of 1:40 p.m.—47 democrats and 14 republicans.
Anthony Brown, a democratic candidate for governor, voted in Largo during the morning and received support from voters throughout the county.
Jamae Moore, an Accokeek resident, said she voted for Brown because of his national recognition.
“He got more support nationally,” Moore said. “I feel he is more committed to the needs of Maryland.”
“He’s fair across the board,” said Melvin Gorham, a resident of Capitol Heights. “He doesn’t favor one income group over another. He’s fair, he’s a Marylander.”
During election day, candidates made the rounds to polling centers throughout the county and the state. County Councilman Derrick Davis, who is running for reelection for his District 6 seat, spent his day greeting voters outside First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro.
Bridget Pope, 50, said she voted for Davis because she approves of the work he has done while serving on the council.
“He seems to be doing a good job, no reason to change ship,” Pope said.
Davis’ challenger, Del. Gerron Levi (D-23A), spent the day travelling to polling stations and talking to voters.
“I tell them I’m going to focus on household issues, recovering the market and the value of homes,” Levi said.
Cornelius Diya, 50, of Bowie said he voted for Levi because she made a good impression when he met her.
“She’s very sincere, very articulate, she wants to make a difference,” Diya said.
Elizabeth Bryant-Rivera, a Fort Washington resident and lifelong democrat said she voted for Anthony Brown. She served on the Prince George’s Women for O’Malley-Brown committee, and said she has voted in every election since 1992.
“I think it’s important to vote, period,” Bryant-Rivera said.