"I wanted to be a part of making history, being in the history books, and being able to say that I voted for what I thought was right," Reavis said, adding that he's been suggesting a possible Maryland wedding as a tongue-in-cheek ploy to convince friends and his Catholic family to vote to uphold same-sex marriage.
"We're all Catholic," said Carl Reavis, uncle to Roger. "We all just feel like its a civil right."
The stakes, too, were high for expanding Maryland's gambling program to include table games while cutting the tax rate for the five existing casinos and authorizing a third at National Harbor in Prince George's County.
"If it goes down for us in the county it means we're going to have to look at making some very tough choices, and that includes layoffs," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III said while he was out soliciting undecided Howard County voters in long lines at Murray Hill Middle School in North Laurel.
In Cheverly, Baker's hometown, the serpentine line to vote was 90 minutes long from head to tail at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School. Despite the Baker's strong support for Question 7, which expands gambling, there was some resistance.
"The amount of money we'd get out of gaming is less than what we'd be putting in in infrastructure costs and potential rise in crime," said Pat Nelson, a 10-year town resident sporting a red "Vote No on 7" T-shirt and handing out fliers on the school steps. "The new casino is going to hire experienced people from Vegas and Jersey. Local people are not going to get the high-paying jobs."
Waiting in line to vote, retired federal employee Estavia Mitchell said she still hadn't made up her mind on Question 7.
"I'm against gaming. That's the religious part of me," said Mitchell, wearing a black Obama ball cap. "But as a substitute teacher, I know our schools are hurting and our good, young teachers haven't had a raise in 3 years. When I get to the [voting] booth, I'll hold my nose and make a decision."
While polling, and Maryland's 2-to-1 registration advantage for Democrats, have led political scientists and pundits to predict a near-sure victory for President Obama, voters across the state turned out both for and against him.
Kimberly Shorter, 39, cast a vote in Woodlawn for Obama, the same as she did in 2008, but it felt different this time.
"I figure that in four years, he couldn't have done everything to right the course after the previous administration," Shorter said. "Of course there was some disappointment with the fact that he didn't do everything he set out to do, but he's human and he didn't have a lot of cooperation from Congress."
"I'm going to vote if I have to stand here all day," Grund said. "I'm here because I want to do the right thing. It's not too cold."
Grund said she felt Obama had not done enough to repair the economy and she disliked how his administration handled a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. .
At Leisure World, the Silver Spring retirement community that traditionally tops voter turnout statewide, Ardith Curit said her first vote was for Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. Her last was for Barack Obama.
This time, Curit confided that she's had a change of heart.
"Romney," she said. "I vote the candidate, not the party. I think he can do the job. He has the experience. He hasn't been sitting at a politician's desk his whole life."
David Paulson, a spokesman with Maryland's Attorney General's Office, said his polling place at Dickey Hill Elementary School in the city had a huge line at 7 a.m., and he returned at 8:15 a.m. to face an even longer one. Total wait time: Two hours.
Despite the long waits and brief snags where poll workers couldn't get the power on, by 3 p.m. no major or systemic problems had been reported, Paulson said.
Meredith Curtis of the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said the organization had fielded complaints about confusion and extra long waits at polling locations with two precincts. Curtis said at two Baltimore City polling sites people have complained about a long wait in a line, only to be told it is the wrong one and the need to begin their wait again.