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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Campaign worker Eleanor Andrews bolted from her chair as a car pulled into the parking lot of Edgar Allan Poe Academy in Suitland.

"Let's vote," she said, waving a pamphlet in support of Del. Joanne C. Benson for state Senate (D-24th) at the car's driver.

Andrews, a Suitland resident, had been working the parking lot since the polls opened, encouraging voters in Prince George's to support her candidate. The problem was, there weren't many people to encourage.

The morning, in particular, was slow -- by 11:30 a.m., just over 100 ballots cast.

"Four years ago, we were bombarded. Two years ago, we were bombarded," Andrews said. "This year is different."

She thinks early voting probably sapped some of the day's intensity. Either way, she made the most of it, spending her downtime on a lawn chair -- the perfect seating choice on a lovely September morning.

-- Nathan Rott

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Prince George's Community College student Ryan Data spent much of Tuesday getting to know fellow volunteers working on the campaign of state Del. Kris Valderrama (D-26th), as they sat in a circle on folding chairs at the entrance of John Hanson Montessori School.

Data, 18, was flanked by Oxon Hill High School senior Donel Lopez, 19, and McDonough High School senior Ray Valientia, 17 -- the youngest faces at the polling station in Oxon Hill.

Data signed up because Valderrama is a family friend, while Valientia and Lopez came out because they were able to earn school credit. They noticed a low turnout but were surprised to hear reports earlier in the day that the countywide turnout was as low as 5 percent.

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