Early voting: Which side benefits?
Two years after Marylanders approved early voting, voters this fall may cast ballots at any time during the week leading up to Election Day.
As Baltimore Sun colleague Annie Linskey writes, the state's major parties are divided over which side stands to gain from the change.
Democrats, who enjoy a 2-1 edge over Republicans in voter registration in Maryland, see the expanded window giving them more opportunity to get the party faithful to the polls.
But Republicans say relying on registration will backfire this year. They say the rules will make it easier for angry Marylanders to cast their votes to send the majority party packing.
One thing, Linskey writes, seems certain: The campaigns will have far more information about who has been to their polling place and who has not during the course of the voting period, opening the door to a prolonged and closely targeted get-out-the-vote effort that could mean days of phone calls to Maryland households.