Measuring Maryland's Progress

 

 

The elections data dashboards provide information regarding the level of participation in Maryland elections by the State’s residents and the manner in which they vote.  In addition, with respect to early voting, the location of early voting centers in relation to the more densely populated areas of each county is shown.

 

 

ELECTIONS

 

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Voter Registration

 

The total number of registered voters in the State (3.8 million at the time of the 2016 primary election) has been steadily increasing, largely due to new registrations prior to presidential elections.

 

October 2016

 

 

Voter Turnout

 

Since 2000, statewide voter turnout (as a percentage of registered voters) for presidential general elections has followed a relatively consistent pattern of being between 74% and 78%.  Turnout for presidential primary elections has been less consistent, with a high of 39% in 2008 and a low of 17% in 2012.  Turnout for gubernatorial general elections, as a percentage of voter registration, has been decreasing from approximately 62% in 2002 to 47% in 2014; and turnout for gubernatorial primaries has been similarly decreasing from approximately 31% in 2002 to 20% in 2014.  Early votes have grown steadily as a percentage of total votes cast since early voting was first implemented in 2010.

 

Note:  The turnout percentages for the primary elections shown in this dashboard are percentages of all registered voters and not limited to registered voters eligible to vote in the election, due to the unavailability of eligible voter numbers for some past elections.  Certain third-party and unaffiliated registered voters are not eligible to vote in a primary if there are no nonpartisan (i.e., school board) races being voted on in the primary election in their jurisdiction, since they cannot vote in the Democratic or Republican primary races. 

 

October 2016

 

Voter Registration Maps:  2012 and 2014 General Elections

 

The percentage of the voter registration age (16 and over) population in the State that was registered to vote for the 2012 presidential general election and 2014 gubernatorial general election was 80% and 78%, respectively.  For both the 2012 and 2014 general elections, with a few exceptions, voter registration levels for individual counties were in the range of 70% to 85%.  The percentages reflect the whole voter registration age population of a jurisdiction and do not account for the ineligibility of a portion of the population to register to vote (primarily noncitizens and those in prison for a felony). 

 

 

October 2016

 

Voter Turnout Maps:  2012 and 2014 General Elections

 

Statewide voter turnout for the 2012 and 2014 general elections was 74% and 47%, respectively.  Turnout among the individual counties ranged from 66% to 82% in 2012 and from 38% to 62% in 2014.

 

 

October 2016

 

Voter Registration and Turnout Maps:  2016 Primary Election

 

The percentage of the voter registration age (16 and over) population in the State that was registered to vote at the time of the 2016 primary election was 80%, with individual counties’ voter registration levels mostly within the range of 70% to 86%.  Statewide voter turnout for the election was 42% (as a percent of eligible voters), with individual counties’ turnout levels ranging from 34% to 52%.

 

 

October 2016

Early Voting Center Locations, Turnout, and Population Density Map:  2016 Primary Election

 

Based on U.S. Census Bureau population data, the early voting centers for the 2016 elections appear to generally have been located in or near the more densely populated areas of each county, and the level of turnout at each center during the 2016 primary election varied from less than 1,000 voters per location (over the entire early voting period) to just over 9,000 voters, at the highest turnout location.

 

October 2016

 

 

 

This page revised October 20, 2016