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Primary election turnout was 24.08 percent

September 15, 2010|By DON AINES

Despite a ballot filled with statewide and local races, and a battle between state Sen. Donald F. Munson and Del. Christopher B. Shank for the Republican District 2 Senate nomination, Washington County voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election was 24.08 percent, about the same as during the 2006 primary, when many of the same races were contested.

That figure does not include absentee ballots.

The unofficial totals from the primary showed that 19,919 of the 82,729 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday or participated in early voting, according to Washington County Board of Elections figures.

The Munson-Shank contest and other GOP races drew 13,062 Republican voters to the polls, 35.6 percent of the 36,672 registered Republicans. The Democratic primary drew 6,264 voters, or 20 percent of the 31,233 registered Democrats, Board of Election figures stated.

There are 14,824 people who are registered as unaffiliated voters or with minor political parties, according to Board of Election figures. Those voters could not participate in the Republican or Democratic primary voting, but could vote for school board candidates.

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However, only 593 of those voters did so, just 4 percent, according to county statistics.

In 2006, there was a similar primary with gubernatorial and congressional races, as well as county commissioners, state Senate and state House contests. That primary's turnout was 25.14 percent, with about 29 percent of both Democrats and Republicans voting and about 4 percent of unaffiliated and small party voters participating.

Statewide, more than 27 percent of the approximately 3.2 million registered voters in Maryland participated in the primary and early voting, said Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator for the Maryland Board of Elections.

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