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September 12, 2013
Here is the Howard County voter registration as of Sept. 6, 2013: Democrats: 97,681 Republicans: 59,269 Independents: 44,367 Other: 2,517 Source: Howard County Board of Elections
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By Benjamin Todd Jealous | June 12, 2014
Early voting starts today in Maryland. As citizens across the state head to the ballot box, it is an appropriate time to reflect on everything that Maryland has done in the past few years to make it easier to vote, while so many other states around the country are making it harder.  The stakes for voting rights have never been higher. Last year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, accelerating efforts in at least 19 states to restrict the right to vote.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is requesting that a group whose affiliates have challenged the legitimately of thousands of voter registrations, including some in Maryland, turn over documents to demonstrate how it determines which registrations to target. In a letter to Texas-based True the Vote, the Baltimore Democrat argues that the group and its affiliates have been unsuccessful in identifying people who are incorrectly registered. Instead, Cummings argues, the groups are jeopardizing to disenfranchise people who are correctly registered to vote.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
Here is the Howard County voter registration as of Sept. 6, 2013: Democrats: 97,681 Republicans: 59,269 Independents: 44,367 Other: 2,517 Source: Howard County Board of Elections
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2011
The Motor Vehicle Administration is planning to overhaul its voter registration procedures after an analysis showed that one in four motorists who tried to sign up at an MVA office never made it to the voter rolls. The agency plans to discard the paper-based process that lawmakers described as "antiquated" and move to the fully automated system long desired by Maryland State Board of Elections officials, who field angry phone calls every year from Marylanders who discover that they're not registered when they try to vote on Election Day. "There is always room for improvement," said MVA Administrator John Kuo. "We're always constantly looking at other practices around the country.
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October 7, 1991
Voter registration for Baltimore's Nov. 5 general election will close tonight at 9 o'clock.Anyone not now registered who wishes to vote must fill out a registration form and return it to the city Election Board, 417 E. Fayette St., before the cutoff.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2011
Nearly one out of four Marylanders who have tried to register to vote at a Motor Vehicle Administration office in the past four years has not been added to the voter rolls, according to state records obtained by The Sun. Though some of these tens of thousands of would-be voters have undoubtedly found alternative methods to register, officials at the State Board of Elections say they field calls every year from residents who say they turned up at...
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | October 18, 1994
A surge in county Republican voter registration after the September primary has given Republicans a big boost in their battle to catch up with long-dominant Democrats.An overall gain of 1,186 Republican voters between Sept. 26 and Oct. 11 -- the last day to register before the Nov. 8 general election -- represents nearly a third of the total increase in Republican voter rolls since the last state and county elections in "Slowly but surely, Howard County is becoming more Republican," said Allan Kittleman, chairman of the countyRepublican Central Committee.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | July 23, 1991
Joyce L. Terhes, chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, says she's just trying to register new voters. Gene Raynor, administrator of the State Board of Election Laws and a Democratic appointee, says she's wasting taxpayers' money."
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer Staff writer Sandy Banisky contributed to this article | August 22, 1992
A boisterous presidential contest, the canceled crusade of Ross Perot and an abortion question on the Nov. 3 ballot in Maryland have helped fuel voter registrations this summer, political professionals say."Yesterday and today the phones have been ringing off the hooks, and more than a normal amount of people have been coming in," Lolita Fales, deputy administrator of the Baltimore Board of Election Supervisors, said yesterday.The interest was apparently sparked by the Republican National Convention, she said.
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By Don Murphy | July 30, 2013
As the Maryland Republican Party considers reforming its nominating process to include unaffiliated voters, it seems there are as many opinions on the matter as there are Republicans. Opponents of change have the rhetoric, but advocates have the facts on their side. Republicans have not re-elected a governor in Maryland in over 50 years and have not controlled the legislature in anyone's lifetime. Maintaining the status quo and waiting for the Democrats to lose is not a winning strategy.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
About 1,500 people with misdemeanor convictions were mistakenly dropped from Maryland's voter rolls over the past five years, state judiciary officials confirmed Friday. A computer system incorrectly lumped those voters in with felons, who are stripped of their right to vote until their sentence is completed, said Terri Bolling, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary. People convicted of misdemeanors retain their right to vote in Maryland. Officials said they are fixing the error, discovered in part by former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold.
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By Gilda R. Daniels | February 26, 2013
It would be troubling - though perhaps fitting - if Alabama, the state that gave us the Voting Rights Act in 1965 because of its opposition to providing African-American citizens the ability to register and vote, became the state that would end a key part of the act. It could happen, but it shouldn't - and won't if the Supreme Court recognizes the significance of ensuring that history does not repeat itself. Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The act has two primary provisions: Section 2 is permanent and prohibits race discrimination in voting; Section 5, a temporary provision, requires periodic congressional reauthorization.
NEWS
January 27, 2013
I first want to commend The Sun's editorial board for their spot on assessment of expanding same-day voter registration to include change of party affiliation ("Voting early and easily," Jan. 22). As an independent voter and advocate of open primaries, this alternative is probably the closest compromise third party voters will get with a Democratic legislature. And please don't take my sincere compliment of this position lightly, as it comes rarely for the positions taken by this paper.
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December 13, 2012
A few days ago, I changed my voter registration to "unaffiliated" after having been a Republican for almost 50 years. Why? Simple. The GOP is being grossly irresponsible in not supporting more taxes on the wealthy. And I'm not talking about income redistribution. I'm talking about wealth. I have worked all my life as a teacher, and I have worked harder than even Bill "You know that" O'Reilly. I live modestly, and all I want from the government is my Social Security and my Medicare.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
After Election Day, The Baltimore Sun wrote about the puzzling case of Christopher Lochner, who showed up to vote at his Hereford precinct, driver's license and voter ID card in hand, and discovered he did not exist in the poll books. The problem? He'd signed a petition using a different address. It turns out there are several ways voters can inadvertently change their voter registration. Changing your address on your license can also modify voter records. And what happened to Lochner could have happened to some of the people who gave more than 200,000 signatures over the past two years to put three state laws on the ballot.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The State Board of Elections sent about 20,000 postcards that erroneously told registered voters they weren't registered, officials said Thursday. The mailings were part of an effort to increase voter turnout in the state, said Ross K. Goldstein, deputy administrator of the agency. State officials sent out 1.1 million mailings this fall telling eligible voters they needed to register, but about 2 percent of those postcards were mailed to citizens who were already registered to vote, he said.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is requesting that a group whose affiliates have challenged the legitimately of thousands of voter registrations, including some in Maryland, turn over documents to demonstrate how it determines which registrations to target. In a letter to Texas-based True the Vote, the Baltimore Democrat argues that the group and its affiliates have been unsuccessful in identifying people who are incorrectly registered. Instead, Cummings argues, the groups are jeopardizing to disenfranchise people who are correctly registered to vote.
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