More Dems, GOPers eligible to vote in primary
Voter registration numbers released this week by the Maryland Board of Elections show that both major parties have grown their ranks between the primary election two years ago and the one in two weeks.
Voter registration closed last week and will not reopen until after the Sept. 14 primary election. Only registered Democrats and Republicans may vote in the primary -- leaving some half a million Maryland voters at home until the Nov. 2 general election.
In raw numbers, there are 2,860,126 registered Democrats and Republicans this year, compared with 2,622,951 registered for the 2008 presidential primary election, which was in February. This year, Republicans make up about 32 percent of major party voters, down slightly from 34 percent two years ago.
Baltimore Sun colleague Mary Gail Hare noted here earlier this month that Harford County had tipped from being majority Democrat to majority Republican, possibly thanks to a less-than-exciting field of Democratic primaries.
Also of note is the enormous bloc of registered Democrat in Prince George's County -- 400,577 compared to 330,758 at this point two years ago. Some of that increase is no doubt thanks to the Obama effect. Record numbers of African-American and young voters registered to participate in the 2008 general election.
Let me know if you spot any other interesting numbers in the registration data.