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Md. elections chief predicts 'typical' turnout at polls

Washington Post Editors

Maryland State Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone projected "typical" election-day turnout hours before polls were scheduled to close Tuesday.

Lamone projected 56 percent participation statewide based on a limited survey of precincts and early voting figures, compared with 57.5 percent turnout for the gubernatorial election in 2006.

Lamone said she was getting reports Tuesday afternoon that "polling places are getting busy" after a "cold and dark" start to the day. She cautioned that the projections by her staff include election-day turnout and early voting, but not absentee ballots.

In the Washington suburbs, which are expected to favor Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, the State Board of Elections survey projects 49 percent turnout in Montgomery County and 58 percent turnout in Prince George's County.

In the counties surrounding Baltimore, where former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., is popular, the survey projects 58 percent turnout in Baltimore County and 64 percent in Anne Arundel County.

By Ann E. Marimow  | November 2, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Ann Marimow, Montgomery County, Prince George's County  
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