An article on voter registration in the Aug. 9 Maryland Weekly quoted an incorrect number for Republicans who had registered to vote between March and June. The figure was provided by a state Republican Party official. According to officials at the state Board of Elections, just more than 18,000 Republicans registered in that period. (Published 8/16/90)

As the Monday night deadline approaches for voter registration for the Sept. 11 primary, most local jurisdictions are reporting at least modest increases over numbers from the 1986 and 1988 Maryland primaries.

Some areas of the state, long a stronghold for Democrats, also are showing a significant rise in the number of voters registering as Republicans.

"Republicans are doing very well in the high-growth areas . . . where there is economic growth and a lot of people moving in," said Kevin Igoe, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party. "From March through June, we've had a net gain of 40,000 Republicans. The purge of the voter files -- if you don't vote in {five years}, they remove you from the voter file -- has helped us" decrease the gap with Democrats, he said.

The statewide ratio of Democrats to Republicans slid from more than 3 to 1 in recent years to 2.19 to 1.

Overall voter registration increases are dramatic in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, areas of tremendous population growth since the last primary in 1986. Howard registration shot up 15 percent to more than 91,000 voters and Arundel increased 5 percent to nearly 174,000.

Southern Maryland also saw strong increases: 17 percent in Charles County to more than 40,000, 15 percent in Calvert County to more than 22,000, and 5 percent in St. Mary's to nearly 27,000.

Montgomery County's voter tally of more than 360,000 is an increase of just under 3 percent.

But in Prince George's County, registration was down more than 10,000, or 3.6 percent, to nearly 273,000 voters. That decline comes despite the fact the county has 28,000 more residents eligible to vote.

The state registration of 2,070,765 reported in mid-June is down about 38,000 voters from the 1986 primary.

The registration figures, provided by county and state election officials, were current as of last week in Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. The latest Howard figures were from June 30 and the Southern Maryland tallies were from mid-June.

Voter registration officials said they are surprised by the lack of the traditional registration rush as the deadline nears.

"There has been extremely slow registration" in the past few weeks, said Barbara Feaga, chief clerk for the Howard County Board of Elections. "There are no local issues and we have a smaller primary than we've had in other years . . . Not too many people register for a gubernatorial election. {Generally} our registration increases in a gubernatorial year by 2 percent, in a presidential year it increases 18 percent."

Officials also pointed out that the important figures are not the number of registered voters but the number who show up for the primary.

"About 60 percent of those registered don't vote in the primary, and in the general election about 25 to 30 percent don't vote," said Robert J. Antonetti Sr., elections administrator for Prince George's County. " . . . I tell people, 'The only vote that doesn't count is the one that's not cast.' "

The Republican Party in several areas is enjoying a significant rise in its registration. While Democratic registration rose 4.5 percent in Howard, the Republicans gained 31 percent. The Democrats lost more than 5 percent of their registration in Anne Arundel, but the Republicans increased by more than 11,000 members or 22 percent.

In Montgomery County, the ratio was 1.6 to 1 at the end of July. The Democratic Party, whose numbers reach over 193,900, lost almost 1 percent of its roll from the 1986 primary, and the Republicans gained more than 10,000 registrants or 9.4 percent.

Despite losing 5 percent of its registrants, the Democratic Party in Prince George's still maintains a three to one ratio over Republicans, whose figures rose 1.4 percent.

For the Republicans, the increase may not be as significant as the raw numbers reveal. According to the Maryland Board of Elections, 48 percent of registered Democrats actually voted in the 1986 primary, but only 28 percent of registered Republicans came out.

"You can't participate if you don't register. Registration is the wheels that get things moving," said Antonetti. "The important thing is to get registered and then get out and vote. People are dying and fighting around the world because they want the right to vote. Here people have the right to vote, it's there, they earned it and they don't use it." VOTER REGISTRATION SITES

All registration applications must be received by 9 p.m. Monday Anne Arundel County

Board of Elections Office, Arundel Center, 101 Crane Highway North, Glen Burnie, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

Annapolis Mall, all day Saturday and Sunday.

Forms are available at all county libraries, most banks and savings and loans.

Or call 952-3270. Howard County

Board of Elections office, 8659 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow; until 9 p.m. Monday.

Forms available at county libraries, health department and motor vehicle offices.

Or call 313-2727. Montgomery County

Registration at Gaithersburg Library, Wheaton Plaza, Montgomery Mall and White Oak Mall, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, tomorrow and Monday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Board of Elections office, 751 Twin Brook Parkway, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

Or call 217-6450. Prince George's County

All Giant food stores, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Board of Elections Office, 14701 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

Vote Mobile, Largo Department of Motor Vehicles, 10251 Central Ave., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Forms are available in all county libraries and municipal buildings.

Or call 627-2814 24 hours; for hearing impaired call TDD 627-3352, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.