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State’s Voter Rolls Grow

Maryland’s voter registration deadline was Tuesday at 9 p.m., and while new registrations are still being processed, there are a quarter-million more active voters now than there were four years ago.

As of 4:25 p.m. Thursday, the Maryland State Board of Elections reported 3,950,633 eligible active voters; this number of voters is lower than the state’s total registration because it does not include 16- and 17-year-old voters not eligible to vote in November.

Mary Cramer Wagner, director of the Voter Registration and Petition Division at the Maryland State Board of Elections, said it will take at least a week after the deadline to have a comprehensive count because county boards are processing registrations and the state’s deadline includes mailed applications that were postmarked by Tuesday.

Wagner provided a list of registration by party as of 11:25 a.m. on Thursday (the total is less than total registration because of various processing times):

  • Democrat: 2,171,862
  • Republican: 1,007,862
  • Green: 9,167
  • Libertarian: 21,692
  • Unaffiliated: 706,675
  • Other: 7,865

At the time of the 2014 gubernatorial general election, there were 3,701,665 eligible active voters in the state.

While Tuesday was the deadline to register to vote on Election Day, eligible voters can receive same-day registration during the state’s early voting period.