Rosen case reflects confusion over registering for local elections

September 13, 2012

Granted, Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, has property in Florida, and apparently she could, under Maryland law, participate in local elections there. But was it possible to register for those local elections without also picking up access to state and federal elections there as well?

I have heard of separate registrations being held for local elections. There was a case in Delaware, I believe, where a man who was teaching his son about the election process showed up for a local election only to find he wasn't registered for it.

This points out the need to alert voters who are registering for the first time that there could be a separate registration for local elections. The aftermath of the Rosen incident points out why there are separate registrations: to accommodate people from out of the area who own property there.

Carl Moore Jr.

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