Last day to register for Md. primary vote

Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 05, 2016

Thousands of people have been added to city and state voter rolls, the result of weeks of effort by voter registration groups.

Tuesday was the last day for Maryland residents to register to vote in the April primary. And national races aren't the only ones on the ballot this election year.

The last time Baltimore voters were tasked with selecting a mayor in a primary was 2011 when the turnout was the lowest in the city's history, at 35 percent.

"Black Girls Vote," a group of grassroots organizers and supporters of voting rights for both men and women, were outside the Mondawmin Mall's travel hub Tuesday morning seeking to reverse that trend by speaking with commuters.

"We want to stress the importance of not just learning what's going on in the national (election), but learning what's going on in your city government, learning what's  going on in your neighborhood," said Patricia Watson, a member of the group.

There are a number of city council seats up for election as well, with close to half of all seats on the fifteen-member council expected to be filled by new members.

This year's general election coincides with the presidential election, which is also expected to help boost voter turnout.

The deadline to register for the primary was scheduled for 9 p.m. April 5. Registration for the general election ends Oct. 18.

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