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Catherine E. Pugh

Open the primaries

Open the primaries

The fastest growing segment of Maryland's electorate is voters who decline to identify as Republicans or Democrats. As The Sun's John Fritze reported recently, their numbers are up by 57 percent in the last decade, and they continue to grow despite the likelihood that both major parties will have competitive primaries in marquee races next year. Whether it stems from disgust with the Republican and Democratic parties, disinterest or some other reason altogether, nearly 675,000 voters — 18 percent of the electorate — are voluntarily taking themselves out of the earliest, and often most crucial, part of the democratic process. One major figure in Maryland politics, U.S....

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