Get out and vote

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Opinion -

Early vot­ing be­gan Oct. 25 and con­tin­ues through Thurs­day, Nov. 1, with polls open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vot­ers may go to the early vot­ing sites in their county to cast their bal­lots any day through­out that pe­riod, in­clud­ing Satur­day and Sun­day, which vot­ing of­fi­cials say are the least busy days.

Queen Anne’s County has two early vot­ing sites: the Kent Is­land branch of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brar y, 200 Li­brary Cir­cle, Stevensville; and the new Queen Anne’s County of­fice build­ing, Con­fer­ence Room, 110 Vincit St., Cen­tre­ville.

Vot­ers ap­proved early vot­ing in a 2008 ref­er­en­dum by an al­most 3-to-1 mar­gin, and since it be­gan in prac­tice in 2010, early vot­ing has gained in pop­u­lar­ity on the Mid-Shore.

How­ever, many peo­ple still pre­fer the tra­di­tion of vot­ing on Elec­tion Day — Tues­day, Nov. 6, with polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the Mid-Shore — and the con­ve­nience of vot­ing at a polling place close to home.

On the bal­lot for the gen­eral elec­tion are con­gres­sional races, statewide races (gover­nor, comptroller, at­tor­ney gen­eral), leg­isla­tive seats in the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly, and county posts (coun­cil or com­mis­sion mem­bers, board of ed­u­ca­tion, sher­iff, and more). The con­tested races in­clude: Gover­nor: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Larry Ho­gan faces Demo­crat Ben Jeal­ous, Lib­er­tar­ian Shawn Quinn and Green Ian Sch­lak­man. Comptroller: Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Pe­ter Fran­chot faces Repub­li­can An­jali Reed Phukan. At­tor­ney Gen­eral: Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Brian E. Frosh faces Repub­li­can Craig Wolf. U.S. Se­nate: Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Ben Cardin faces Repub­li­cans Tony Camp­bell, Lib­er­tar­ian Arvin Vohra and un­af­fil­i­ated can­di­date Neal Si­mon.

U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Dis­trict 1:

Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Andy Har­ris is be­ing chal­lenged by Demo­crat Jesse Colvin and Lib­er­tar­ian Jenica Martin. Mary­land Se­nate, Dis­trict 36: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Stephen S. Her­shey Jr. faces Demo­crat Heather Lynette Sin­clair. Md. House of Del­e­gates, Dis­trict 36: Vote for up to three can­di­dates, but no more than one per county.

Repub­li­can in­cum­bents Jeff Ghrist (Caro­line), Jay A. Jacobs (Kent) and Steven James Arentz (Queen Anne’s) are be­ing chal­lenged by Demo­cratic can­di­dates Keirien Tay­lor (Caro­line), Michael Ian Welker (Ce­cil), and Crys­tal Wood­ward (Queen Anne’s). Queen Anne’s County County Com­mis­sion­ers: At-large: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Jim Moran is be­ing chal­lenged by Demo­crat Elaine Har­ri­son. Dis­trict 1: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Jack Wil­son faces Demo­crat An­nette DiMag­gio. Dis­trict 2: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Steve Wil­son is be­ing chal­lenged by Demo­crat Ben­jamin Til­gh­man. Dis­trict 3: Repub­li­can Phil Du­me­nil and Demo­crat Jim Coul­ter are on the bal­lot. Dis­trict 4: Repub­li­can Chris Corchiarino and Demo­crat Deb­o­rah Krueger square off. Sher­iff: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Gar y Hof­mann faces Demo­crat Kevin Rhodes. Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, At Large: Vot­ers will choose between Tammy Harper and Mary Ellen Walker. Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Dis­trict 2: Can­di­dates are Car­rie Lee O’Con­nor and Richard “Dick” Smith. Judge of the Or­phans’ Court: Repub­li­cans Kim­berly Jean Cas­cia, Thomas Walsh and Eric War­gotz and Democrats Fred M. McNeil, Wil­lie Mae Pauls and John C. Stires face off.

Whether you vote dur­ing the early vot­ing pe­riod or wait for Nov. 6, please get out and vote.

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