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Early Voters in Maryland Set New Record with 2014 Primary

The percentage of eligible voters who participated increased by approximately 70 percent compared with primaries in previous years.

Early voting station in Ellicott City at the Miller Branch of Howard County Library. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Early voting station in Ellicott City at the Miller Branch of Howard County Library. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Voters in Maryland hit a high point over the last week, according to election officials.

More citizens turned out to cast their ballots early during the primary since the state began the practice of early voting in 2010.

During early voting in the 2014 primary, the Maryland Board of Elections reported that 141,590 people, or 4.17 percent of those eligible, cast their ballots.

Here's the data from primaries in previous years, from the Maryland Board of Elections:
  • 77,288—or 2.44 percent of eligible voters—voted early in 2010
  • 76,124—or 2.4 percent of eligible voters—voted early in 2012
The 2014 early voting period for the gubernatorial primary, which lasted from June 12 to 19, was the longest the state has had, at eight days. Others were six days.

This year Kent and Talbot counties had the highest percentage of eligible voters turn out early, according to the Maryland Board of Elections, which reported 7.79 and 10.16 percent cast their ballots in those jurisdictions, respectively.

In sheer numbers, the most voters came from the following jurisdictions, according to the board:
  • Baltimore County—22,285 (or 5.23 percent of eligible voters)
  • Prince George's County—21,959 (or 4.31 percent)
  • Montgomery County—18,871 (or 2.99 percent)
  • Baltimore City—15,884 (or 4.88 percent)
  • Anne Arundel County—14,935 (or 5.54 percent)
The primary will take place on Tuesday, June 24, when polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The board of elections encourages citizens to vote between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Find the nearest polling place and see sample ballots.

Are you voting in the primary?
Tell us in the comments!

Maryellen Brady June 21, 2014 at 02:19 PM
I voted absentee, but many of my friends VOTED EARLY and were delighted to do so. EARLY VOTING is such a boon to getting people excited about citizenship and the power of the vote. Everyone liked the idea, that the lines were decent, the wait time reasonable and the poll workers respectful. Also, like the idea that campaign workers have to stay at least 100 feet from the polls. It takes the hassle away it getting in and out ASAP. Love it!
Bob Higginbotham June 21, 2014 at 06:44 PM
And how many were legal voters? How many voted more than once ? How many plan on voting again? Early voting, as promoted by the democrats, is a great way to commit voter fraud just like not requiring a picture ID. One democrat, running for an office in Maryland in 2012, voted in both Maryland and Florida thanks to early voting. There was a time when voter fraud was never a factor, now it exists during every election and the democrats promote it.
Roger June 21, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Fearing voters is un-American.
Polly June 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM
I voted absentee.
Kevin Francis Marron June 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Hopefully if you didn't vote you'll vote today.There is no excuse,that old, it doesn't matter they just do want they want is a cop out.I'm running for Baltimore County Executive, I'm not part of any machine,all it took was a focused action on doing something.If you hide behind excuse,Baltimore County doesn't care about the little guy and do not vote today you have NO excuse.See this one man campaign is on ballot,if you are a democrat, Today is the day you can send the Machine a signal that you do care and you WILL pay attention if they fail to listen.You have no excuse,for the first time in your lifetime you have a honest One Man Campaign to vote for .So come out & vote,tell your friends get them out.If you do not like me,vote for Kamenetz ,at least a HIGH number of voters what ever the result will show politicians it isn't the biggest sign or TV ad it is YOUR wanting to be HEARD that gets you out to vote. Kevin Francis Marron for Baltimore County Executive .Seize the moment it may NEVER come your way again! auth. AnOtherKevinF.MarronforBalto.Co.KTNMarrontreas.

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