Election Day 2012 in Greenbelt

Updates on Greenbelt votes in the 2012 federal and state elections and election day news will be posted here throughout the day.

The precinct numbers are in. 

Also get a detailed Greenbelt breakdown, precinct by precinct, and a comparison with the 2008 elections in Patch's post-election story.


     Race       DEM  Results REP Results UNF Results
U.S. President


5660 Romney-Ryan 774
U.S. Senate

Ben Cardin

5042 Daniel Bongino
574 Rob Sobhani 710     U.S. Congress, Maryland District 5  DEM Results REP Results GREEN Results LIB Results

Steny Hoyer

5379 Tony O'Donnell
654 Bob Auerbach 262 Arvin Vohra 76



It's a one to one and a half hour wait at the Greenbelt Elementary School polling station, and the line started increasing at around 5:30 p.m. Lines have continued to be long in Greenbelt throughout the day.

Linda Osterfield was waiting in line at the elementary school starting a little before 5 p.m. She said she had never seen lines that long, and she's been voting at the polling station since 1993. John Osterfield was standing in line with her, and speculated that the longer lines were due to the ballot questions.

The tally at Greenbelt Elementary at around 6:12 p.m. was 868 democrats voting, 206 republicans, 14 green party members, 159 unaffiliated voters, and 58 others—for a total of 1305 voters—or 125 more than had been cast a little more than an hour earlier.

At 5:01 p.m., the tally at Greenbelt Elementary was 782 democrats, 189 republicans, 14 green party members, 140 unaffiliated, and 55 others —for a total of Total 1180 voters.

The mumbled complaints that broke out scatter-shot from voters in the lines serpentining through Greenbelt Elementary were drowned out shortly after 5 p.m. by spontaneous applause. Basking in the cascading hand claps was 18-year-old Elena Shipley, who had just voted for the first time.

In the Greenbelt Community Center, as the evening came in at 3 p.m., 1,143 people voted and by 4 p.m. it was almost 1,300 said Chief Judge Alan Huff.


In the afternoon lines were shorter than the ones that looped outside Greenbelt Community Center and onto the sidewalk Tuesday morning, but there was still a wait for voters. At 1 p.m., Chief Judge Alan Huff reported 866 votes at the community center polling station.

Lines were also not as long at Eleanor Roosevelt High School as they had been in the morning. At 1:40 p.m., Chief Judy Bierken said 865 had voted.

At 2:30 p.m., Bob Snyder, treasurer for Green Party District 5 congressional candidate Bob Auerbach said lines at the Greenbelt Elementary School polling station took about an hour to an hour and a half to get through. After talking to people at the station, he said they were expecting the lines to get heavy again around 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., as residents started getting off work.


Residents lined up and waited to vote in Greenbelt Tuesday morning on a sunny but frigid election day, with temperatures in the low 40s. Tom Doucet was toward the front of the line at the Greenbelt Community Center at around 8:45 a.m. and said took him about an hour to get there.

Despite Maryland's Democratic leaning, Doucet looked at the long lines and said, "You never know what people will do when they go to the voting booth."

As for the wait, Doucet had thought it was a little less than it had been in 2008. The official count showed 218 votes at the Community Center by 8:52 a.m. Tuesday, according Chief Judge Alan Huff.

The Chief Judge at Eleanor Roosevelt High School's polling station agreed the lines might be a little shorter, but part of that was due to early voting she thought. Judge Judy Bierken reported two to three hour waits all day long when she served as a judge in College Park for those who cast their ballots ahead of time.

She said she recognized a lot of Greenbelt faces among the early voters that she had seen in years past at Eleanor Roosevelt on voting day. The last person on Saturday voted at 10 minutes after midnight, Bierken said.

Lines may be shorter at the high school than the 2008 line had been, "But this is still pretty heavy for us," Bierken said, looking at a packed room with the line wrapping around it. She reported 322 votes by 9:22 a.m.

Election Judge Alexander Barnes reported a line waiting when the Greenbelt Community Center polling station opened. Election judges wait for the line to slow before they vote, but he said it didn't look like that was going to happen. At the rate people were filing in, he expected to vote at the end of the day after everyone.

Day's end held a different meaning for Doucet who said he was looking forward to an end to the political commercials. Next to him in line, Darrin Washington said he'd be glad to get his phones back—and no more robo calls.


Take a look at Greenbelt polling places and hours, 2008 election numbers, a sample ballot, and stay with Patch Tuesday as we update this article with news and information from the Greenbelt polls and live election results after 9 p.m. 

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Watch for voting trend changes since the last presidential elections. In 2008, Greenbelt voted Democratic with more than 7,014 voters casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team. Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin garnered 1,027 votes. Voter turnout tallied 8,202 in 2008, according to the Prince George’s County official presidential general election results.

View a Sample Ballot for Prince George’s County


Polling Place



Greenbelt Community Center

15 Crescent Road


Greenbelt Elementary School

66 Ridge Road


Springhill Lake Elementary School

6060 Springhill Drive


Eleanor Roosevelt High School

7601 Mandan Road


Turning Point Academy

7800 Good Luck Road


POLLING HOURS: Election Day hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.


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