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Deadline To Register For Maryland Primaries Nears

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Voters in Maryland have less than two weeks to register for the June 24 primary election.

The state board of elections has set a June 3 deadline for voters to register. That's also the deadline for voters to change parties if they wish to prior to the primary.

Primaries are not open for federal and state offices in Maryland, so only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in their party's hotly-contested elections for governor and attorney general.

Nowhere may party switching be felt more than in Montgomery County, the state's most populous jurisdiction. There are more than 147,000 registered independent voters in Montgomery County. To put that in perspective, that's higher than any number of registered Republicans in any one Maryland county and only four jurisdictions have more registered Democrats.

But for all those independent Montgomery County voters to vote next month in the statewide races, they will have to switch their affiliation to Democrat or Republican. But reports from the state board of elections show that the number of registered independents has slightly grown each of the past three months in Montgomery County.

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