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P.G. County Update

My digital camera picked a very excellent day to die its last. Just as I snapped a photo of a very long line outside Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, Md.—one of two very long lines, in fact—my camera's power button decided to go on the fritz. So, to get an idea of what was happening, looking at any Web site covering the election. It'll show a long line. What I saw was a lot like that. A poll worker at the school told me that my precinct has more that 1,700 registered voters; about 500 of them had already voted by 10 a.m.

At any rate, the Gazette does a nice job covering the chatter in those lines, particularly the second-most-interesting choice in Maryland, the proposed amendment to allow slot machines in the state. This is a matter best pondered in a folding chair while eating cereal. Just ask Charles Glasgow of Adelphi:

Charles Glasgow of Adelphi said he always votes, but he was especially looking forward to voting for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

"I'm very excited," Glasgow said.

Glasgow waited in line early this morning sitting in a folding chair, eating cereal. He was prepared for the wait due to media reports about high expected turnout. In previous elections, he has voted without a wait.

Glasgow said he planned to vote against the slots proposal.

"Nobody's going to benefit from it, except the people that own the machines," Glasgow said.

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  • movie fan

    it's awesome that there has been this "problem" of long lines all over... people taking a greater interest in public issues is always a good thing