PHOTOS: Early Voting Keeps Rockville Polls Busy

Polls are open until 9 p.m. Friday to make up for time lost due to Hurricane Sandy.

Long lines for early voting that began over the weekend resumed after Hurricane Sandy’s tour through the region this week.

A steady stream of voters formed a line that stretched out the door at Bauer Drive Community Center in Rockville on Friday afternoon as voters took advantage of extended hours at the polls.

Early voting locations are open across the state until 9 p.m. Friday. 

Voters at Bauer Drive Community Center said the wait was about 45 minutes on Friday afternoon. One voter said she had returned after choosing not to wait out a two-hour wait at the polls on Saturday.

Gov. Martin O’Malley ordered extended early voting hours with polls open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to make up for time lost due to Hurricane Sandy. Original hours were 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but voting was canceled on Monday and Tuesday as the storm hit Maryland.

Maryland voters have taken advantage of early voting in unprecedented numbers this election. By Friday, the percentage of early voter turnout in Montgomery County had already more than doubled over the 2010 midterm election, Patch reported.

Click here to see more voter turnout numbers.

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