SILVER SPRING: Hundreds of people came out for a rally with Democratic candidates in Silver Spring Maryland on Saturday outside one of the early voting centers. This is only the second time that voters in Maryland have had the chance to exercise early voting (the first was this recent primary), and party leaders are focusing large portions of GOTV efforts on educating voters about the new process and getting supporters to cast their ballot early.
And initial turnout numbers indicate that these efforts are working out for the Democrats. Over 55,000 votes have already come in. Prince George's County, one of the most Democratic counties in the state, is showing strong relative turnout.
We spoke with Susie Turnbull, the Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, and Congresswoman Donna Edwards from Maryland's 4th District, just after the rally. Both Turnbull and Edwards told us that they expect turnout to increase because of early voting and urged people not to wait until election day to fill out a ballot.
When I asked Mrs. Turnbull whether or not early voting benefits Democrats more than Republicans, a common theory, she replied, "Early voting benefits all Maryland voters."
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