Update: Same Sex Marriage Passes, Hoyer Keeps Seat, Obama Reelected

Questions Six and Seven were the most important on voters' minds.

Update, Nov. 7, 5 a.m.: After a long day of voting, same sex marriage, gambling and the dream act passed voter referendum, Barack Obama is president again and Rep. Steny Hoyer is the Dist. 5 U.S. Representative.

Check back with us for more local results by precinct on questions 4, 6 and 7 and break downs of the major races.

Update, 5 p.m.: If you're polling place is Paint Branch Elementary, head over there, as there are no lines. We've seen varying wait times in different parts of College Park, Riverdale Park and University Park, but have not heard of any voter problems. Let us know if you had any issues.

And check back as numbers start rolling in after 8 p.m.

Update, 3:45 p.m.: There was a three hour wait for voting at the gym on Cypress Street in College Park, but the longest wait all day at Cherokee Lane Elementary School was 35 minutes, according to poll workers.

How long have you had to wait to vote?

Original Story, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.: Election day is here and though early voting turnout was high in Riverdale Park and College Park, there are voters turning up at the polls.

There was a morning rush before work and school, but after 9 a.m. the lines dissipated.

There was almost no wait to vote at Ritchie Coliseum Tuesday morning, but those who were out had strong opinions on Questions Four, Six and Seven on the ballot. Around 350 people voted as of 11 a.m. at Ritchie Coliseum. There were no reported problems in College Park or Riverdale Park.

"The local questions are particularly important," College Park resident Besti Griffith said.

With regard to Question Six, the gay marriage amendment, Griffith said she believed in equal rights and was voting to support it.

"But I also believe in the right to vote to express your opinion so I'm glad it was on the ballot."

University of Maryland student Sam Donnenberg was most interested in Question four on the ballot, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition benefits.

"Education is a human right that everyone should have access to," he said. "Education is a path to a better self."

Question 7, which would expand gambling in Maryland, was on Donnenberg's mind too.

"Gambling is risky business," he said. "It's easy to get addicted. I'm worried about that responsibility."

County Councilman Eric Olson was also out talking to residents. He had been at High Point High School earlier in the day and said there were short lines and not much wait.


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