SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- As Washington prepared for Hurricane Sandy last weekend, Matt McKelvey managed to hurt his leg and end up on crutches. Thursday afternoon, leaning on the crutches and wearing summer shorts to accommodate the leg cast, he stood in 50 degree weather in a slow moving line here to take advantage of Maryland's early voting law.
"Voting is our responsibility and our right. I wouldn't miss it for anything . Since I've been 18 I've never missed a vote yet and early voting is making it easier for me. I clipped my leg last weekend and I know it's going to be a long line on Tuesday, so I figured I'd take advantage of early voting," he told 9News as he waited his turn.
Montgomery County election officials said that by the close of polling hours Wednesday night, more county residents had voted early than in the entire 2010 election season.
Statewide, more than 255,000 voters had cast ballots by Wednesday evening.
Why stand in those lines?
"Because I want my vote to matter and I've been so eager to vote and get this election out of the way and just having my vote casted.
"And I want to set an example for my friends so what I will do is vote early and I will go post it on my social network, Facebook, Twitter, whatever the case is, encourage other people like I've done. I've gone out in the cold and I've voted because I want my voice to matter and I want them to do the same,"
Melkamsew Ribbiso told 9News.