RANDALLSTOWN, Md - It's after work, Thursday.
If you're in outside in the farthest part of line at the Randallstown Community Center for early voting you won't get to the door for at least 45 minutes.
And once you get to the door, prepare to weight for perhaps another two hours.
You might make it home at eight thirty or so.
But even the short line takes a little more than an hour to get through.
For seniors this is a break from a line that goes all the way around the gym.
At least 600 people long, men, women and children playing in the center..
Didn't matter to H.G. Trippe if the line were a thousand people long
When he was born Woodrow Wilson was president, and when he was first eligible to vote FDR was in the oval office.
Voting means that much.
“You must vote it's a privilege." Trippe says “Maybe it's because of my age that I can vote being 94 I don't know when I can do this again so I did it today and my wife was with me."
And husbands and wives and whole families all dealt with the lines.
Even complete strangers.
These folks were in line so long they became friends.
But even if the conversation is good you have keep the line moving.
"Yesterday was her birthday so we had to sing to her, so you all sang happy birthday."
Maryland's early voting program is dealing with its first presidential election.
And with voting centers being closed for two days because of Hurricane Sandy, voters are trying to make up for lost time.
Most centers are reporting heavy turnout, at this center on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore City, the wait is more than an hour.
Randallstown has been absolutely packed for two days.
But it's okay for voters who take their obligation seriously.
"I really haven't focused on time whatever it takes I was gonna stay here for the duration. ” James Rawlings of Woodmore says.
Early voting ends tomorrow night.
The polls open at eight tomorrow morning and close at nine p.m.
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