Trending news

PreviousNext

Md. Officials Work To Increase Voter Turnout

// News // MD // Baltimore
early voting
Derek Valcourt

Reporting Derek Valcourt

Filed under
Local, News, Politics, Syndicated Local
Related tags
Early Voting, election, Election 2012, voter turnout, Voting
Latest Polls
National General Election
Obama          49% Romney        48%
Source: ABC News/Wash Post 10/31-11/3
National General Election
Obama            49% Romney          49%
Source: CNN/Opinion Research 11/2-4
National General Election
Obama          48% Romney        49%
Source: Rasmussen 11/2-4
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

Car Snapped: Celebrities Caught On The GoCar Snapped: Celebrities Caught On The Go

Celebrity TwinsCelebrity Twins

Notable Deaths Of 2012Notable Deaths Of 2012

All-Time Father-Son Celebrity DuosAll-Time Father-Son Celebrity Duos

25 Downs: NFL Injuries Over The Years25 Downs: NFL Injuries Over The Years

» More Photo Galleries

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As the last-minute campaigning continues, so does the last-minute effort to get Maryland voters to the polls. Derek Valcourt has more on the effort to drive up voter turnout.

Four years ago, the race for president drove Maryland voters to the polls. This year, it’s the ballot questions.

If long lines for early voting in Maryland are any indication, interest in this year’s election runs high.

“Because we really want Barack to win and I’m out here voting for him,” said one early voter.

In all, more than 430,000 early ballots were cast last week—that’s 11% of the state’s total registered voters. But UMBC public policy professor Donald Norris predicts voter turnout won’t be as high as four years ago.

“That prediction could be upset and turned on its heals by the fact that we’ve got ballot questions that people are very, very invested in,” Norris said.

Specifically the Dream Act, expanded gambling and same-sex marriage conjure up passionate feelings in many voters. Voter turnout could make a huge difference in some of the closely contested ballot initiatives where victory or defeat could hinge on just a few votes.

“It’s going to be close,” said Ezekial Jackson, Marylanders for Marriage Equality. “We’re not taking anything for granted.”

That’s why the campaigns to support or stop each of the ballot initiatives have huge “get out the vote” efforts. They’re calling voters and dispatching armies of volunteers to polling places.

“In a situation where the election is very close, who gets the most of their supporters to the polls will, in almost every case, result in a decision favorable to that side,” Norris said.

Maryland has had pretty high turnout in past presidential elections. In 2008, 77% of Marylanders voted.

The Census Bureau ranks Maryland 27th in the nation when it comes to voter turnout.


 Md. Officials Work To Increase Voter Turnout

Tagged as:

No tags for this article

Latest News Articles

Write Your Comment

Go Up!