A Democrat Party congressional candidate dropped out of the race for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District on Monday, after it was alleged she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.
Wendy Rosen, 57, was forced out by members of her own party, who discovered the double-voting on Friday. Voting records show Rosen voted in the 2006 general election and the 2008 primaries in both states. After bringing forth the allegations, Democrats notified prosecutors and urged her to resign.
The Cockeysville businesswoman confirmed her votes to The Baltimore Sun, saying that she was able to register in Florida because she owned property there and did so to help a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council as well as vote on local issues.
Rosen went on to say that she did not remember how she voted, and declined to say if she had voted twice in the 2008 presidential primaries, “due to possible litigation.”
Officials cited Maryland state law, which forbids a registered voter to maintain registration in a second state, if that state allows voting in state or federal elections there.
However, Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance at the State Board of Elections, noted that there are narrow circumstances under which a Maryland voter may register legally in two places.
Some municipalities maintain separate voting rolls for local elections. These allow property owners — even those that live and vote elsewhere — to register and participate in elections for local offices and ballot questions.
Thus, DeMarinis said, a resident of Baltimore who owned a vacation home in Ocean City could legally vote in local elections there, too.
DeMarinis said he knows of no law against a Maryland voter participating in local elections in another state. But an out-of-state registration that permitted participation in state and federal elections would be illegal, he said.
Another issue is whether Rosen’s resignation would be accepted. Under Maryland state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28.