Get out and vote
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.