With a highly charged presidential election and several closely fought questions on the ballot, nearly twice as many Marylanders voted early this year than in 2010. And with long lines and waits at several early voting centers, lawmakers are talking about opening more in 2014.
At the close of the polls Friday night, 430,573 Marylanders – 11.65 percent of eligible voters – had cast ballots through five days of early voting. That was nearly double the six-day standard of 219,601 set in the gubernatorial election of 2010, the state’s first experience with early voting.
Del. Sandy Rosenberg, a Baltimore Democrat, says he will file legislation to open more centers and extend early voting through the Sunday before Election Day.