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11,000-plus 17-year-olds register to vote

The Baltimore Sun

More than 11,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in Maryland and are eligible to participate in the state's Feb. 12 presidential primary if they turn 18 before the general election, officials say.

By noon yesterday, 11,252 17-year-old voters - including 6,009 Democrats and 3,162 Republicans - had registered, said Roger Stitt of the State Board of Elections. Because local boards are sifting through paperwork and mailed applications are still arriving, final figures won't be available for several days, Stitt said.

The teenagers have registered since December, when the State Board of Elections reversed a previous decision, paving the way for 17-year-old voters to cast ballots in the primary.

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