After only five days of early voting in Maryland, voters are going to the polls at a rate more than double the votes cast in the same number of days of early voting in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Statewide, after five days of early voting in Maryland, the turnout has been Democrats (234,983), Republicans (91,242), Unaffiliated (39,741), Libertarian (872) and Green Party (427). Four years ago, the total early votes cast over eight days in the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election were Democrats (189,175), Republicans (87,035), Unaffiliated (28,328), Libertarian (589) and Green Party (319).
In the 2014 general election, Republican Larry Hogan (884,400 – 51 percent) would win the governor race over Democrat Anthony Brown (818,890 – 47.2 percent). Longtime Montgomery County political operative Stanton Gildenhorn said, “The amazingly high turnout so far for early voting shows all over the country that this election may be the proverbial ‘pivot.’”
Montgomery County has the largest number of voters of the 24 jurisdictions in the state with 655,415 of the 3,954,027 registered voters in Maryland. In the first five days of early voting, Montgomery County turnout was Democrats (45,314), Republicans (7,928), Unaffiliated (8,399), Libertarian (97) and Green Party (79). Four years ago, the total early votes cast in Montgomery County was Democrats (24,514), Republicans (6,203), Unaffiliated (4,466), Libertarian (51) and Green Party (59).
Early voting runs through Nov. 1. During early voting, a Maryland registered voter can go to any approved polling location to cast their ballot between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Montgomery County Board of Elections approved 11 locations for early voting in 2018. You can find these locations online: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Elections/EarlyVoting/2015EarlyVotingfor2016/EarlyVotingSitesfor2018.html.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.