Election Day 2012 in Greenbelt
It is a beautiful autumn day on election day 2012. I visited Greenbelt’s five polling places at the Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt Elementary School, Springhill Lake Elementary School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Turning Point Academy.
From right Stan Zirkin, Sharon Anderson, and Ashley Landreth are the first in line at the Greenbelt Community Center polling place at 6 a.m. They wait an hour outside before the door opens at 7 a.m.
The line at the Community Center at 6:28 a.m.
Stephanie Garrett takes his son Aidan (6) to the polling place and are in line by 6:30 a.m.
Karen Yoho and her daughter Mary Alyce Yoho finish their breakfast as they wait in line at the Greenbelt Community Center. On the right is Brian York.
Lauren Cummings hands out Vote For 6 pamphlets at the Greenbelt Community Center. Ballot question 6 is about legalizing same-sex marriage.
Mary Lou Williamson waits in line.
Sylvia Lewis shows her “I Voted” sticker as her husband Robert Lewis looks from behind. They voted last Thursday in Bowie.
Reuben Cohen holds a sign for the Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Antoine Holmes, Meghan Stevenson and Dominique Hill work for Vote No On 7. Ballot question 7 is about expanding gambling in Maryland.
Stevenson writes down her position against question 7 in my notebook.
Arryn James wears a T-shirt that says “Vote FOR All Seven Ballot Questions.”
The ambulance is here because a voter does not feel well.
“Vote AGAINST Question 6” sign by the Municipal Building
From left, Kyla Sellers, Allison Lehman, and Victoria Roberts, all members of Eleanor Roosevelt High School Gay Straight Alliance, hand out Vote For 6 pamphlets in front of Greenbelt Elementary School.
They have brought bagels, donuts, and coffee.
In front of the Greenbelt Elementary School: “Vote FOR Question 7 For Maryland Jobs & Schools.”
Ramon Ramirez (right) has just voted in his first American election.
Ramirez’s “I Voted” sticker
Lori Snyder does drawing exercises as she waits in line at the Greenbelt Elementary School.
Sallie Neubrand (left) is an American citizen living in Germany. She is visiting Roya Bauman (right) and is here to observe an American election.
Doug Love is a check-in judge at the Greenbelt Elementary School polling place.
Burt Kerr (right), an election judge, greets a voter at the entrance to the GES polling place.
Councilmember Leta Mach wears her “I Voted” sticker after voting at the Greenbelt Elementary School.
Signs for Steny Hoyer, Bob Auerbach, and Ben Cardin in front of Springhill Lake Elementary School
At Springhill Lake Elementary School polling place, Rosa Perry (right) gives Destiny Trueheart (5) a drink of water as her son Jeremiah Perry (left) looks on.
The wait at Springhill Lake Elementary School was by far the longest I witnessed on election day. It was a three-hour wait at 2 p.m.
Luchino Jenkins does a Ray Charles impression while waiting in line at Springhill Lake.
At Springhill Lake Elementary School polling place, Carol Malveaux (left) is the Chief Democratic Judge and Warren Wilcox the Chief Republican Judge.
Sign at Eleanor Roosevelt High School
From left, Mary Whelton, Milan, Carla, and Montana Monardes are from Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Aldephi. They are for Question 6.
Donna Richardson and William Knight are against Question 7.
Chris March has just voted at Eleanor Roosevelt. He says that he waited only 20 minutes.
Leroy Wedge has just voted. He works for Shoppers.
In front of Eleanor Roosevelt High School polling place, Mayor Judith Davis (left) greets Chief Republican Judge Judy Birkenhead. Behind them are Jane Ross and her son Delegate Justin Ross.
Early results from Eleanor Roosevelt are posted on the outside door. 516 people have voted by 11 a.m. and 974 by 3 p.m.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker greets volunteer Mary Whelton in front of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School polling place. Behind is a satellite truck from NBC4.
County Executive Rushern Baker is interviewed by NBC4 in front of Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
“No on 7” signs by Good Luck Road in front of Turning Point Academy polling place.
Greenbelt Party Bob Auerbach for Congress
Election signs at Turning Point Academy
At the Turning Point Academy polling place, election judge Earlene Smith points out directions for voters.
Back to Greenbelt Community Center, voter Peter May (center) joins volunteers Suzanne Meyer-Seymour (left) and Lauren Cummings: “vote for question 6: Marriage equality & fairness.”
Bill Norwood holds his cat Deluca and a “Vote AGAINST Question 6” sign.
At 6 p.m. the wait at the Community Center is about 45 minutes.
Bill Orleans with a Bob Auerbach sign. Auerbach is a Greenbelt/GHI resident and the Green Party’s nominee for the U.S. Congress.
Lauren Cummings eats dinner by the Community Center. She is also a poll watcher and challenger and will be inside the Community Center to observe the counting of the votes after the polls close at 8 p.m.
I had wanted to go to the Roosevelt Democratic Club’s election night party at Greenbriar but fell asleep watching TV. I woke up when Barack Obama was announced winner. Both ballot questions 6 (same-sex marriage) and 7 (gambling) passed.