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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say the state saw a record number of voters casting ballots early.

Media outlets report more than 800,000 people had turned out at polls by the time early voting ended Thursday evening. That's more than the 430,500 Marylanders who voted early during the 2012 presidential election.

The record turnout means more than 20 percent of the state's registered voters will have cast ballots before Election Day on Tuesday.

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Voters on the Eastern Shore flocked to the polls during the early voting period that ended yesterday.

Anthony Gutierrez, Election Director for Wicomico County, told WBOC that the goal had been to hit at least 10-thousand.

In Worcester County just over 63-hundred had gone to the polls while in Dorchester County the number was just over 32-hundred.

In Somerset County it was just over 23-hundred.

WBOC reports that election officials say early voting was up 18 percent from four years ago.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's the last day for early voting in Maryland.

Thursday is the last day voters in the state can cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Early voting polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any person who is eligible to register to vote can vote early.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland. There are about 2.1 million registered Democrats and 1 million Republicans. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to win easily in the state.

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are holding a news conference to discuss voting rights.

Attorney General Brian Frosh will join Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and Sen. Ben Cardin at an early voting site in Landover on Monday to highlight the need to protect the integrity of elections.

Representatives from the League of Women Voters, Casa de Maryland, the Prince George's County Muslim Council and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also are scheduled to attend.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's elections administrator says the first day of early voting is going smoothly so far.

Linda Lamone says all 69 early voting centers opened on time Thursday, and there have been no reports of problems. People were lined up at some voting centers before they opened at 8 a.m.

More than 96,000 people had voted as of 5 p.m. Of them, about 64,300 were Democrats and 21,600 were Republicans. That compares to 10,235 voters registered with other parties.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Early voting is beginning in Maryland.

Voters will be able to start casting ballots on Thursday.

Early voting polls will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Nov. 3.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland is expected to be heavier than normal, because the nominations for president haven't yet been determined.

Adding to voter interest, a high-profile U.S. Senate race is being decided Tuesday. There are also two strongly contested U.S. House primaries.

In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.Both candidates represent

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Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m.

Early voting for Maryland's April 26 primary runs through April 21. There is at least one early voting center in each county.

Ballots should be cast at designated early voting centers in county of residence.

Voters will be choosing nominees for president and a U.S. Senate seat, as well as nominees for congressional seats. Baltimore voters will be picking a nominee for mayor.

Addresses for the early voting centers are available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early-voting.html 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - About 8.3 percent of eligible voters in Maryland have cast ballots during eight days of early voting.

The Maryland State Board of Elections posted Friday that 307,646 people voted early.

Early voting ended Thursday. Montgomery County, the state's largest jurisdiction, had 5.6 percent of eligible voters make it to the polls. That's the third lowest percentage of eligible voters in the state's 24 jurisdictions.

Don Rush

Early voting in Maryland gets underway today.

Registered voters can cast their ballots in person through next Thursday October 30th.

The state Board of Elections has set up 59 sites across the state for those who want to cast their ballots in person.

Poll ours run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Elections is reporting a record-high turnout of early voters in the state's primary election.

The board says 141,590 people cast votes during the early voting period that started June 12 and ended Thursday. That compares with the previous record of 77,288 set during the primary in 2010, the first year of early voting in Maryland.

The 2012 primary drew 76,124 early votes.

The state board notes that this year's primary early voting period was two days longer than in previous election years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Early voting is starting for Maryland's primary races.

Voters registered with the Democratic or Republican party can cast ballots from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Early voting continues through June 19.

The state's June 24 primary is unusually early this year. The date was moved up from September to comply with federal rules requiring states to send members of the military and other Americans overseas ballots.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a task force charged with reviewing Delaware's election laws for possible changes are finishing up work on a report that is scheduled to be submitted to state lawmakers later this month.

Among the issues still being discussed by the panel, which meets Wednesday in Dover, are allowing no-excuse absentee voting and early voting.

Panel members previously agreed to recommend that the three county elections boards be eliminated in favor of a single state elections board.

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Delaware: Letting Felons Vote

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at making it easier for convicted felons to vote in Delaware continues to wind its way through the legislature.

The state House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the amendment, which cleared the previous legislative session but must pass two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly. The bill would amend Delaware's constitution to eliminate the 5-year waiting period before eligible felons who have completed their sentences could have their voting rights restored.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing legislation to increase the number of early voting days from six to eight and to allow people to register at the polls just before they vote early.

The Washington obtained a draft of the bill, which O'Malley is expected to propose Friday in Annapolis.

A gubernatorial spokeswoman says the bill is "about providing more opportunities for citizens to register and vote."