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Harford totals 166,600-plus voters for general election

Harford County has more than 166,5000 active eligible voters for the Nov. 4 election, about 1,200 more than in the June 24 primary, where voters are shown signing in at Havre de Grace Middle School.
Harford County has more than 166,5000 active eligible voters for the Nov. 4 election, about 1,200 more than in the June 24 primary, where voters are shown signing in at Havre de Grace Middle School. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Harford County's voter registration numbers have inched up since the 2012 presidential election, and also grew by 1,200 since this summer's state primary.

The county's Republican majority of recent years also extended its registration lead over Democrats as the Nov. 4 general to more than 6,000 voters. The ranks of unaffiliated voters also grew since the 2012 general election.

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The county had 166,645 active registered voters as of Wednesday, Dale Livingston, deputy director of the Harford County Board of Elections, said. That's up from 165,452 active registered voters for the June 24 primary election.

The number of active registered voters is about 6,700 more than the 159,940 registered for the 2012 presidential race.

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Though registration for the general election officially closed Tuesday night, some mail-in applications could still be received and added to the voter rolls, Livingston explained. Those applications had to be postmarked Tuesday.

There are 63,275 Democrats and 69,726 Republicans registered in Harford, Livingston said, compared with 63,527 Democrats and 67,459 Republicans for the 2012 general election.

Republicans took the lead in registrations in Harford during the 2010 state election season. It was believed to be the first time Republicans had outnumbered Democrats in Harford since the GOP's first presidential election in 1856.

The county also has 31,157 unaffiliated voters. There were 28,924 unaffiliated voters just before the 2012 election.

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Besides the two major parties, Harford now has 326 Green party members and 928 Libertarians. Another 1,233 people are signed up as being affiliated with other parties.

As of Wednesday, the board of elections counted a total of 174,893 active, inactive and pending voters, Livingston said. Pending voters are those whose registration has not been approved yet. The total active, inactive and pending for the primary was 173,682.

The numbers, she said, "have been pretty stable," since the June primary, which drew a lackluster turnout, adding: "It's been slow," in terms of new registrations the past three and a half months.

Harford County had 249,215 residents as of 2013, according to the U.S. Census.

Early voting for the General Election, at which all statewide and county offices are at stake, will run from Oct. 23 to Oct. 30 at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, Edgewood Library, Jarrettsville Library and University Center at HEAT in Aberdeen. The four locations will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The last day to request an absentee ballot delivered via the Internet is Oct. 31.

Harford's 65 polling places will be on Election Day from 7 a.m to 8 p.m.

For more election information visit www.harfordvotes.info.

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