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The Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District race withdrew after allegations surfaced that she voted in Maryland and Florida in the 2006 primary and general elections and in the 2008 primaries of both states.

The Maryland Democratic Party learned of the allegations, investigated them for a day, and then asked Wendy Rosen on Monday morning to withdraw from the race.

Rosen emailed the party that she was withdrawing. Despite the withdrawal, Rosen cannot remove herself from the ballot, party spokesman Matt Verghese said in an email Monday evening.

The state party will work with local Democratic central committees to choose and support a write-in candidate for November, he said.

Party officials also informed Rosen that the information about her dual voting would be forwarded to Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmitt C. Davitt, said Democratic Party Chairwoman Yvette Lewis.

“We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation,” Lewis wrote to Gansler and Davitt in an email released by the state party.

“The Maryland Democratic Party strongly believes in upholding and expanding the right to vote but, at the same time, believes there should be zero tolerance for voter fraud of any kind.”

Kathy Szeliga, campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R-Dist. 1) of Cockeysville, said Rosen’s withdrawal would not change Harris’ focus on solutions for the economy and nation.

The Maryland Republican Party called for the state Democratic Party to support voter-identification efforts, but Verghese said voter ID laws would not have prevented the type of voting behavior alleged against Rosen because she was registered by her name in both states.

Maryland Republican Party Executive Director David Ferguson urged Gansler and Florida’s attorney general to prosecute Rosen to the fullest extent of the law.

Rosen had edged Chestertown physician John LaFerla in the Democratic primary by 57 votes.

Efforts to reach Rosen were unsuccessful by deadline Monday.

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