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Early Voting Surpasses 2010 Election

Most counties in Maryland show a spike in early voting turnout in 2012 while Anne Arundel and Worcester Counties show decreases.

Turnout for early voting this year has already exceeded that of 2010 in 22 of 24 jurisdictions in the state.

And while two counties report declines in the overall percentages one Eastern Shore county reports close to a 20 percent turnout.

But the exact meaning of the higher turnout is hard to immediately discern, according to one local elections analyst.

Residents across the state have the opportunity to cast votes for President, U.S. Senate, eight congressional races and seven statewide ballot questions including congressional redistricting, the Maryland DREAM Act, same-sex marriage and expanded gambling.

Source: State Board of Elections

Jurisdiction 2012 Early Voting 2010 Early Voting Talbot 18.08% 14.46% Kent 14.99% 13.03% Howard 12.20% 8.37% Caroline 10.27% 8.38% Dorchester 9.48% 6.82% Queen Anne's 9.44% 9.12% Montgomery 9.41% 4.66% Charles 9.23% 5.70% Prince George's 9.06% 7.45% Somerset 9% 7.32%

In four counties—Caroline, Howard, Kent and Somerset—the early voting turnout over the first six days exceeded 10 percent. Talbot County reported more than 18 percent turnout this year.

A majority of the top 10 jurisdictions, in terms of highest turnout, were not in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.

Even so, jurisdictions like Baltimore City, Baltimore and Harford Counties also recorded increased turnout over 2010.

Source: State Board of Elections

Jurisdiction 2012 Early Voting 2010 Early Voting Baltimore City 8.77% 5.44% Baltimore County 8.22% 6.34% Harford County 7.62% 7.45%

Anne Arundel County, which reported 8.74 percent voter turnout in 2010, is slightly down in 2012, reporting just over 8 percent turnout headed into Friday—the last day of early voting. Worcester County is the only other jurisdiction to be slightly under the 2010 early voter turnout.

What the increased turnout means for candidates and the various ballot questions is not clear, according to Donald Norris, Chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the .

"There is little or no evidence that early voting matters in overall turnout or in overall turnout among sub groups of voters—elderly, young, minorities, etc.," said Norris. "So I am not inclined to say anything about this except that turnout is up."

Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM
HoneyGoHal is retired and most likely has a union pension. Right HGH? Not far behind you HGH! A few more years if R&R win, a few less if O&B win. If O&B win I may become one of them. Free phone, help heating my abode, help paying my mortgage. Tax credits for kids I don't have. Etc etc etc .... I may be able to live quite well on the taxpayers. Its what they want me to do no?
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:03 PM
"Romney is made up of a large contingent of older white males and people who still don't like people of color.. " That is as a racist bigoted comment as I have read on here. The generalizations are abhorrent. That is no different than saying all blacks like fried chicken and watermelon FIFA. How despicable.
Frank/FIFA/Steve November 05, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Oh please baltimore observer. The second that the dems lose is the second that they quit paying people to post on sites likes these. Have you witnessed some of the internet traffic lately? But if you really want to help OctoName you might want to send them cheetos to their election night basement er ah warroom.
Steve November 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
LOL Dude's responding to his own posts......
Frank/FIFA/Steve November 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Omg, omg, stfu. Steve, you just posted about responding to one's own posts. You are the ultra king of having conversations on patch with your many OctoNames. Gee, maybe that is why I am still here and not excommunicato. Hmmmmmm.
FIFA November 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM
That's how ignorant you are Joe, you don't even know what Nate Silver does! Silly boy, I had given you credit for a small amount of IQ. Daggum, I was wrong. Tomorrow night will be fun posting!
FIFA November 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Look at the polls Joe, no racism, just facts. I like fried chicken and watermelon too. Most people do I believe.
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Fifa, give me any other poll or prediction anywhere near Silver's. And look Fifa, never tell anyone what you believe they don't know, that's a fools game.
FIFA November 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Too easy, http://www.electionprojection.com/index.php Many more. I'm sure we will talk Wed morning. Hope your online, I will be.
Bennet Pomerantz November 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
does anyone know where the college park polling place is?
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
FIFA "That's how ignorant you are Joe" I am ignorant and you are a racist bigot who makes all things a race and age issue as your own words show. To separate the people is a sign of a loser. We will know in a few weeks. The lawyers will need to be satisfied but Obama will tell his defense lawyers to "stand down". Then he might say taking it any further is "beyond my pay grade".
FIFA November 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
PS when you call Silver a poll you are ignorant.
1ke November 05, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Miss, I am not a world traveler or a military dependent. I grew up poor. I am approximately your age. I am well versed in occupational forces, abject poverty and social dislocation. I am well acquainted with death and violence in a third world country that you know nothing about. Your rigidity would make it dangerous for you to be there. You make too many judgments and jump to too many conclusions. Your preachy know-it-all phrasing and silly anger are indicative of a controlling and self-important way of relating to others, strangers in this case.
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Fifa, your ignorance is apparent. Where did I call Silver a "poll"? Why must you resort to making up form whole cloth something that was not stated? So who the hell is ignorant Fifi?
1ke November 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM
You choose, Ball-toe Server.
FIFA November 05, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Joe, are you really that stupid? "Fifa keeps regurgitating the only poll that favors the loser tomorrow and that is as High Priest Gore calls an "outlier"." Your post. I guess you will now deny it?
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Bennet, you should have a voters registration card showing all the information you need to vote tomorrow. If you need more help go here. http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/where.html
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
1ke says to "Miss" "You make too many judgments and jump to too many conclusions." Then you say... "that you know nothing about. Your rigidity would make it dangerous for you to be there. Your preachy know-it-all phrasing and silly anger are indicative of a controlling and self-important way of relating to others..." Don't you understand what you just did there?
Joe November 05, 2012 at 11:52 PM
“My warning, we need to stay calm for much of the day,” Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said, touting thousands of early ballots already submitted by voters. “We’ve already banked a pretty big portion of our vote.” That is an amazing admission.
FIFA November 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Most men apologize when they step in it, you are no different than Wiilard.
Honeygo Hal November 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Joe, you try, but you don't have it right either. Never been a union member. Technically not retired. Still looking forward to tomorrow - literally.
Carol November 06, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I hope it's an clean and honest election. No dead people voting, no dogs voting and no more then one vote per person of age and citizensonship. Make it honest
JD1 November 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Good luck with that
Frank/FIFA/Steve November 06, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Another OctoName identity.
Mr. Independent Voter November 06, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Consider we paid our taxes where Romney has not from 1996 to 2009 according to this just released report. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-29/romney-avoids-taxes-via-loophole-cutting-mormon-donations.html
Tim November 06, 2012 at 10:54 AM
The last gallup polls, the ones that favored Romney so much the past several weeks, only had Romney up 1% today. The Gallup polls from 2-3 weeks ago? Romney up by 6-7%.
Joe November 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Allegation of unions putting illegal immigrants on voter rolls clouds Nevada voting "Just hours before voters go to the polls in the battleground state of Nevada, a national group has announced it plans to file a complaint regarding illegal immigrants purportedly being allowed to vote. ALIPAC, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, based in Raleigh, N.C., sent the Nevada secretary of state an email outlining its intention. "We want to stop the felonious thefts of American elections," says William Gheen, ALIPAC's president. Gheen points to a commentary published in Sunday's Las Vegas Review Journal. In it, editorial writer Glenn Cook accuses the Culinary Union 226 of knowingly registering illegal immigrants and then pressured them to vote. Cook quotes an unidentified illegal immigrant who is on the Clark County voter rolls. The person claims a union representative told them they were "in so much trouble" for refusing to vote. Catherine Lu, a spokesperson for Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, said she could not comment on Cook's editorial or ALIPAC's official complaint. Gheen says his group wants all non U.S. citizens removed from the voter rolls before Tuesday's election. He suggested the state could use Homeland Security databases such as E-verify to do the job." Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/11/05/allegation-unions-putting-illegal-immigrants-voter-rolls-clouds-nevada-voting#ixzz2BRjUZwA4
Frank/FIFA/Steve November 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM
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P. Davis November 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM
>>>>>"Well, well, well. So are you libbie nutters all ready to have your nose rubbed though the brown stuff? I'm so looking forward to it.">>>>>> Actually, you'll have to tell us about that, as one with direct experience. Last night was a clear & direct repudiation of a tired old, bigoted, misguided Republican Party. Good triumphed over hatred and evil. Lies, negativity, obstruction and the constant sowing of discord were soundly rejected by the majority of this country and the good guys won!!! The Party of No, Filibuster and Obstruction had better sit up, shut up and start doing the JOBS they were elected to do; which is enact the will of the American people. Dems have won TWICE. This is what the country wants. Now, Repubs get over it! You lost! Get to work!!!!!
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