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Update - 5 p.m. - Rush Hour Voting Begins
Reports of smooth voting and short wait times have persisted throughout Hyattsville's area polling places over the since noon. However, the evening rush hour is just beginning, which likely means another surge of voters at the polls.
Over at Lewisdale Elementary School, polling place for precinct 17-10, reader Carroll Bonkosky called to report a 50 minute wait to vote at that location.
"Staff is working pretty well," said Bonkosky by phone. "A lady with mobility issues, an elderly woman, was taken to the front of the line. And people are okay, nobody's crazy, just taking their time."
Over at Hyattsville Middle School, more than 1,470 ballots had been cast by 3 p.m., nearly a 32 percent voter turnout rate by the early afternoon for precinct 16-03.
Update - 2 p.m. - Afternoon Voting Reviews from Around Hyattsville:
Within the last hour or so, lines at Hyattsville area polling places have gotten very short. Over at Nicholas Orem Middle School, it was only taking about 20 minutes to get through the line as of about 1:30 p.m. Over at the Hyattsville Municipal Building, the lines were even shorter. A speedy voter could be in and out of there within 10 minutes.
Some voter turnout numbers for you now:
Nicholas Orem Middle School - 827 ballots cast as of 1:20 p.m.
Hyattsville Municipal Building - 235 ballots cast as of 11 a.m.
Update - 10:35 a.m. - Morning Voting Reviews from Around Hyattsville:
Well, your intrepid reporter here just got back from voting at Hyattsville Middle School. The line was long-ish, wrapping all the way down a main hallway and down both sides of a second hall. I got in line at about 8:44 a.m. and was out the door at about 10:06 a.m., for a total waiting time of an hour and twenty minutes.
Other locals had similar experiences, according to reports from Hyattsville voters.
Hyattsville Middle School - Precinct 16-03
"I arrived at Hyattsville Middle School a little before 6:00 a.m., and cast a provisional ballot because I had not changed my voting address from Mount Rainier to Hyattsville," wrote Hyattsville resident Greg Smith in an email. "Forty or so people were already in line when I arrived, and the line quickly grew quite long before and soon after the poll opened. But the volunteer elections staff were attentive and helpful, and things seemed to moving smoothly."
City resident Jim Groves said that Hyattsville Middle School was much better prepared for voting than in previous elections.
"Much better set up this year. Used to be you got into the cafeteria and then had to chose which line to get into. Of course the one you chose was the slowest," wrote Groves in an email. "Now they keep the lines short inside."
Hyattsville Municipal Building - Precinct 16-02
"[Arrived] at 6:45 a.m. at Hyattsville government offices and out at 7:30 [a.m.]," wrote Hyattsville resident Cathy Barron in an email. "Everyone seemed happy to be voting and very neighborly. No grumpy people."
Nicholas Orem Middle School - Precinct 16-04
"I got there at 7:30 a.m., and it took me just under one hour and 45 minutes. People were mostly quiet and in a decent mood, i saw several neighbors, and the poll workers were helpful," wrote West Hyattsville resident Shannon Wyss. "By the time I left, the line was cut by about half. So things would definitely have gone more quickly for folks who arrived after 9 a.m. I imagine that will continue to be the case until the after-work rush hits."
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Hyattsville Area Election 411
Polling places across the state open at 7 a.m., with voting going through to 8 p.m.
If you live in or around Hyattsville, chances are you vote at one of the following locations:
|16-01||Edmonston Municipal Building, 5005 52nd Avenue, Edmonston, Md|
|16-02||Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, Md|
|16-03||Hyattsville Middle School, 6001 42nd Avenue, Hyattsville, Md|
|16-04||Nicholas Orem Middle School, 6100 Editors Park Drive, Hyattsville, Md|
|16-05||Edmonston Rec Center, 5100 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, Md.|
|17-01||Mount Rainier Elementary School, 4011 32nd Street, Mount Rainier, Md|
|17-02||Brentwood Town Hall, 4300 39th Place, Brentwood, Md|
|17-03||Langley Park Elementary School, 8201 15th Avenue, Langley Park, Md|
|17-04||Thomas Stone Elementary School, 4500 34th Street, Mount Rainier, Md.|
|17-06||Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 6609 Riggs Road, Chillum, Md|
|17-07||Rollingcrest Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, Md|
|17-08||Hyattsville Public Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, Md|
|17-09||Mary Harris Mother Jones Elementary School, 2405 Tecumseh Street, Adelphi, Md|
|17-10||Lewisdale Elementary School, 2400 Banning Place, Chillum, Md|
|17-11||Ridgecrest Elementary School, 6120 Riggs Road, Chillum, Md|
|19-03||University Park Elementary School, 4315 Underwood Street, University Park, Md|
|21-12 & 21-19||St. Marks Catholic Church, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, Md|
For context - here's how Prince George's County voted in 2008.