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Maryland early voting hits new record

Rachel Baye

This post was updated at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

Early voting ended Thursday, and record numbers of Maryland residents cast ballots before Election Day this year. Here is a look at the numbers:

  • 859,928 Marylanders — 22 percent of registered voters in the state — cast a ballot. That's nearly double the 430,573 Marylanders who voted early in the 2012 general election, which set the previous early voting record.
  • This year, 66,303 ballots were cast in Baltimore City — about 17 percent of registered voters there — and 123,512 were cast in Baltimore County — about 22 percent of registered voters there, according to the state Board of Elections.
  • Woman voters significantly outnumbered men. Women cast nearly 59 percent of early ballots.
  • 65 percent of people who cast ballots are registered Democrat, compared with 22 percent who are registered Republican. To put this into perspective, 55 percent of state voters are registered Democrat, and 26 percent are registered Republican.
  • People between the ages of 45 and 64 cast nearly 44 percent of the early ballots. 
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