If early voting numbers are any indication, the polls will be packed Tuesday on Election Day.

By late Thursday afternoon, an estimated 6 percent of Harford's eligible voters had cast their ballot, leaving plenty of others left to vote on Election Day.

Besides the presidential race, which typically draws a lot of voters, this year's election features a number of controversial statewide issues on the ballot.

"I have no idea, but I would imagine that we'll have another large turnout on Tuesday. The state was expecting Harford County to have 80 to 85 percent turnout," Dale Livingston, deputy elections director for Harford County, said Thursday. "Based on the numbers for early voting, we've got a lot more voters to go."

While the Barack Obama-Mitt Romney race for president is this year's headliner, there are plenty of state and local ballot issues to keep voters interested.

Statewide there are referendum votes on same sex marriage (Question 6), gambling expansion (Question 7) and in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants who attend Maryland state colleges (Question 4). There is also a referendum that, if approved, will void the congressional districts drawn by the Maryland legislature last year and mandate that the redistricting be done over by the governor (Question 5).

Harford County has several charter amendments on its ballot.

There are also races for Congress in the First and Second Districts in Harford and a statewide race for U.S. Senator.

Early voting centers in Harford County did a brisk business Saturday and Sunday before early voting was suspended Monday and Tuesday because of Storm Sandy. The early voting site in Bel Air was busy again when voting resumed Wednesday.

The early voting site remains open through today (Friday) at 9 p.m.

Elections officials in Harford said more than 5,000 people voted early on Saturday and Sunday at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, slightly more than 3 percent of the county's total registered voters.

That number jumped to 6 percent by Thursday afternoon, when, as of 4:15 p.m., 5,600 people had voted over the two days, bringing the early voting total to just about 10,000.

The turnout hasn't surprised Livingston, the Deputy Elections Director.

"Presidential elections are usually pretty big, so there's no surprise about this," she said.

She presumes turnout on Election Day will follow suit.

Wendy Sawyer, chair of Harford's Democratic Central Committee, said in an email her group is "pleased with the early voting numbers and expect them to increase over last time and, more importantly, to increase significantly in 2014 when the county has more than one location."

She said she expects high voter turnout among Democrats comparable to 2008, and think they'll come out in large numbers to support President Barack Obama and Congressional candidates.

"Democrats understand that going back to the Bush doctrine of making sure the rich prosper at the expense of the middle class is wrong for this country. We must ensure that we can continue going forward with the policies that pulled us out of a near depression, one. That was a result of the eight years Bush was in office," Sawyer wrote.

Making history in Harford

This presidential election will be historic for Harford County in one respect: It will be the first since the national Republican Party fielded its first presidential candidate in 1856 that the party has more registered voters in Harford than do the Democrats.