Monday, August 10, 2015
Maryland's fastest-growing voting bloc: Unaffiliated voters
As the nation gears up for another campaign season, political party membership in Maryland remains lopsided.
Statewide, Democrats hold a more than 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans, but in rural areas like Washington County, Republicans hold a commanding lead. While Democrats struggle to win elections in Western Maryland, their fellow party members maintain a stranglehold on the General Assembly.
But lately, both parties are having to contend with a different political force: the unaffiliated voter.
In Washington County and the state as a whole, the number of voters declining to declare any political party affiliation is surging, according to statistics from the state Board of Elections. In the last five years, numbers of unaffiliated voters statewide have grown more than twice as fast as Democrats, and about four times as fast as Republicans. This continues a trend that started several years before.
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