I found the article by Steve Bohnel interesting and apparently well-researched. Unfortunately, he had bad data to work with. The Frederick County Board of Elections must have many people listed who no longer live in Frederick County. They cannot take a person’s name off the rolls unless that person writes to them to say he or she no longer lives in Frederick County.
Does anybody notify the Board of Elections when moving? You tell your friends, the post office, and maybe some doctors. You can move to another county or state and register to vote there. I read other letters from people who say they moved here from Montgomery County for whatever reason. I wonder if any of them thought to notify the Board of Elections there.
When I called the Frederick County board, I was told that there is a state law that prevents them from dropping a name, even if the person has not voted for years. I was told to write to my state legislators about this. I did write, but not one of them even acknowledged my letter.
So now, when we read about the percentage of registered voters who voted, the number is meaningless. Nobody really knows how many of those registered voters now live in Frederick County.