Marks: 'Persistently Long Lines' at Perry Hall Poll

County Councilman David Marks requested more staff at a Chapel Hill Elementary polling place.

While some voters breezed in and out of polling places on Election Day last week, others waited in long lines—and sometimes, voters experienced both at the same location. 

This was the case on Nov. 6 at Chapel Hill Elementary School, according to County Councilman David Marks. While voters assigned to precinct 11-22 in the school's cafeteria generally experienced short lines and "more abundant workers," voters at precinct 11-5 in a multi-purpose room waited in "persistently long lines," Marks said. 

Marks recently wrote a letter to Baltimore County Board of Elections president Bruce Harris to request more workers at precinct 11-5. He also requested more workers to address long lines at two polling places at Halstead Academy in Parkville. 

"I know it is difficult to find volunteers to staff all of the county's precincts. Thank you for any help you can provide for these three precincts in the future," Marks wrote to Harris. 

Find the full text of the letter in the gallery. 

How long did you have to wait to vote? Would more staffers have helped reduce the wait at your polling place? Tell us in the comments. 



FIFA November 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Barb, there were five choices to be made in that congressional race; 1) vote for Harris, 2) write in a vote, 3) not vote at all, 4) vote for Rosen not knowing what you were doing or 5) make a protest vote by voting for Rosen.
Bill Howard November 14, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Yea it was close to two hours in mid-day. Bet the evening was awful.
Pete R. November 14, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Took my son to Gunpowder about 2:30pm waited all of 5 minutes...Timing is Everything. Still the folks who sacrificed everything for our right to vote They didn't complain... Think about that folks.
Born to be Free November 15, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Gunpowder Elementary has always had short lines. I wonder why.
Hank November 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
My child goes to Chapel Hill, but we vote at Joppa View (which had no lines).


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