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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Election officials say the number of unaffiliated voters in Maryland has been growing.

The Herald-Mail reports that statistics from the Maryland Board of Elections show that the number of voters declining to declare any political party affiliation is surging.

Data shows that in the last five years, the number of unaffiliated voters statewide has grown more than twice as fast as Democrats, and about four times as fast as Republicans.

In Washington County, unaffiliated voters have increased by more than 25 percent since 2009.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short.

Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded Sunday that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

The bill would ban discrimination against transgender people on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland legislators have launched a petition drive to have the state's new law barring discrimination against people who are transgendered brought to a referendum.

Republican Delegates Neil Parrott and Kathy Szeliga announced the drive on at a news conference Tuesday. Parrott is chairman of