Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland's First Congressional District, withdrew Monday from the race after allegations of voter fraud, but her name will remain on the ballot for November's general election.
Rosen had until Aug. 28 to decline her party's nomination, according to the 2012 presidential election calendar on the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
Ross Goldstein, deputy state administrator for the state elections board, confirmed that deadline in a Monday afternoon phone call.
As a result, Rosen's name will remain on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election and the Democratic party will not be able to name another nominee.
The Maryland Democratic Party said Monday it had demanded Rosen's withdrawal after discovering Rosen has been registered to vote in both Maryland and Florida since 2006 and has voted in both states in two elections.
In a statement, Yvette Lewis, chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, said, "Today, the Maryland Democratic Party took immediate and decisive action and demanded the withdrawal of Wendy Rosen as nominee for U.S. Representative in the 1st Congressional District after allegations of electoral law violations were brought to our attention.
"In addition, at my direction, the Maryland Democratic Party submitted a letter to the Attorney General and State Prosecutor outlining all information regarding the alleged violations.
"Any effort to corrupt or misuse the electoral process is reprehensible, wrong and must not be tolerated," Lewis said.
In the letter to Attorney General Doug Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, Lewis said the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee had learned "Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008. This information is based on an examination of the voter files from both states.
"We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation," Lewis wrote.
"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. The Maryland Democratic Party has asked Ms. Rosen to withdraw her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives."
In a letter to Lewis, Rosen said she was withdrawing for "personal issues."
"I have been proud to serve as the Democratic Congressional Candidate of Maryland's 1st Congressional District for the last five months, so it is with great regret, and much sorrow that I must resign.
"Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make," Rosen wrote.
"The First Congressional District deserves a representative that champions their interests, votes for, not against job creation, and builds sustainable economy for agriculture, tourism, small businesses on every main street from Pokomoke to Taneytown. That is not Andy Harris [-] who only represents himself.
Rosen, in the letter, said she intended to continue her advocacy efforts for small businesses and the Made in America movement.
Under state law, Lewis said, the Maryland Democratic Party will name someone to run in the 1st District following a vote by the district's Democratic central committees.
"The Party remains committed to ensuring that the voices of all Marylanders are represented and we maintain the highest commitment to the law and the Democratic process," Lewis said.
Rosen defeated Chestertown physician John LaFerla in the Democratic primary election that decided who would face first-term Republican incumbent Rep. Andy Harris in the Nov. 6 election.