By BRIAN WITTE Related Press
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Whereas many Maryland voters have already mailed of their ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic or voted in individual at early voting facilities, greater than 427,000 individuals voted on Tuesday. They have been voicing their decisions for president and the state’s eight members of the U.S. Home of Representatives on the polls. Voters are also weighing in on two statewide poll questions with important monetary ramifications.
Right here’s a take a look at what’s at stake in Maryland this Election Day:
Democrat Joe Biden, of neighboring Delaware, defeated Republican President Donald Trump to win Maryland’s 10 electoral votes in a state the place Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1. Trump has been unpopular in Maryland, the place even Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has distanced himself from the president. In 2016, Trump obtained 34% of the vote in Maryland. A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t received Maryland in 32 years. George H.W. Bush was the final to take action in 1988. Trump made nationwide headlines final yr when he described a Maryland district that features a massive portion of Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
Democrats maintain seven of Maryland’s eight U.S. Home seats. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a Democrat, is operating for a full time period after successful an April particular election to fill a emptiness created by the dying of Elijah Cummings final yr. Mfume is operating towards Republican Kimberly Klacik, whose marketing campaign has been supported by the president. The district contains an space of Baltimore and elements of two close by counties. Maryland’s lone Republican, Andy Harris, is operating for reelection towards Democrat Mia Mason in a district that features all of Maryland’s Jap Shore. Democrat David Trone is operating for a second time period towards Republican Neil Parrott, a state legislator, within the district that stretches from Montgomery County by western Maryland. Incumbents are operating within the state’s different 5 congressional districts.
Voters are deciding whether or not to legalize sports activities betting in Maryland. Particulars on the place sports activities wagering could be allowed and whether or not to permit it on-line could be determined later by state lawmakers, if voters approve. Laws accepted by the Normal Meeting to place sports activities betting on the poll requires that the state would spend its proceeds totally on schooling.
Voters will decide whether or not the Maryland Normal Meeting ought to have extra energy over the state’s finances course of. The constitutional modification would permit the legislature to extend, lower or add objects to the finances, so long as the modifications don’t exceed the overall proposed by the governor. For greater than 100 years, when Maryland’s governor has submitted the state finances to the Normal Meeting every January, lawmakers have solely been capable of reduce from the proposal.
There will likely be fewer places to vote on Election Day than in a standard, non-pandemic yr. As an alternative of strolling to their native elementary college, individuals who select to vote on Election Day might need to drive to their native highschool or group middle. The Maryland State Board of Elections has supplied an inventory of locations individuals can vote Tuesday on its web site.
It’s the primary time Maryland has had same-day voter registration on the day of the overall election, since a constitutional modification was accepted in 2018 permitting it. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to eight p.m.