There has been a great deal of talk about how big the voter turnout was across the state of Maryland and specifically here in Howard County. I wanted to look back over the history of voter turnout and see what the numbers have been in past mid-term elections:

The numbers shown below are “Number of Registered Voters in Howard County | Voter Turnout Percentage).

  • 2018: 214,872 | 63.55%
  • 2014: 195,440 | 52.16%
  • 2010: 178,083 | 57.08%

This is a good source for the numbers above:   https://elections.maryland.gov/press_room/index.html

Obviously 2018 was a BIG improvement (turnout percentage) over the past two mid-term election cycles…but let us take a look back a little bit further:

The numbers shown below are “Number of Registered Voters in Howard County | Voter Turnout Percentage).

  • 2006: 165,019 | 64.69%
  • 2002: 141,565 | 68.63%
  • 1998: 130,862 | 64.22%
  • 1994: 106,389 | 69.86%

This is a good source for the numbers above:  https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/results/general/index.html

The voter turnout percentages from Howard County in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 elections were all higher than we saw in 2018. So was this a historic turnout election…no…but still a significant increase based on the 2010 and 2014 turnout numbers.

The other notable item is that the number of registered voters has more than doubled from 1994 to 2018. I find that interesting.

I will break down additional voter data once it has been posted to the SBOE website.

Scott E

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