Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Councilman Tom Quirk and Del. James Malone join students for Election Night Extravaganza event.
First District Councilman Tom Quirk and Del. James Malone joined members of University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Student Government Association for an Election Night Extravaganza in the Commons building. Aside from free pizza and soft drinks, attendees followed poll returns on a jumbo-screen television, played politically themed games and media coverage bingo.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
It hasn't happened often, but what would happen if the electoral college vote and popular vote are split?
It's a close race, no doubt about that. The two candidates are neck and neck in virtually every poll. If you look at the attached electoral map, you'll quickly see that the majority of states are red, but the number of electoral college votes go to President Obama. So what is this electoral college? The electoral college is a process, not a place, according to the U.S. National Archives. The electors are nominated at either their State party conventions or by votes from the state's central committee. According to the Archives, "Electors are often chosen to recognize service and dedication to their political party. They may be State-elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with the …
Images from across the country on Election Day 2012 as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off in the race for the White House.
Patch editors are uploading photos from polling places across the country. Keep up with the latest dispatches from the field in the photos above or through this link.
Bookies, statisticians say Obama will win a second term. Polls indicate race still close.
An Irish betting house is so sure President Obama will win reelection, they have already started paying off those who bet on him to win. According to Irish Central, the bookmaker says Mitt Romney gave it a good shot, but has no chance of winning. "Romney gave it a good shot and is doing well in the popular vote, but we suspect he's had his moment in the sun and is likely to be remembered more for his legendary gaffes than presidential potential,” a spokeswoman for the betting house told Irish Central. "The overall betting trend has shown one way traffic for Obama and punters seem to have called it 100 percent correct." Not only do the bookies favor Obama, some number crunchers do as well. In an article for the Atlantic Wire, Gabriel Snyder…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in the Arbutus areacompl.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. This tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that may have been caused by Hurricane Sandy. For complete Arbutus Patch coverage of the election, check out Patch's Election Guide here.
A look at what's at stake—and how the battle is being waged.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Question 7 asks voters whether they favor a plan to expand gambling in Maryland that would: The ballot question is a result of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly during its 2012 special session (view the House and Senate roll calls) and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Several other portions of the law are not subject to a referendum. Slot machines have been permitted in the state since voters approved a gaming referendum (59 percent to 41 percent) in November 2008. Passage of Question 7 would mark a significant shift, however, bringing Maryland's casinos closer in line with those of Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Under the law, casino operators would be allowed to keep a larger share of revenue—somewhere …
Three leading online vote-counters show a close race between Obama and Romney.
Election Day 2012 is just one day away, but the presidential electoral vote situation is still up in the air. Two leading vote-tracking maps—by USA TODAY and The Washington Post—report that neither President Obama nor GOP nominee Mitt Romney can claim the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election, based on so-called committed states. How do you think the election will shake out? Will it be deadlocked like in 2000? Tell us in the comments below. A vote tracking map by the Huffington Post gives Obama 277 electoral votes—down from more than 300 in a posting in September, before the debates. A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. If a candidate receives the majority of a particular state's popular vote, …
Do you see any value in the onslaught of political ads?
Just like holiday decorations seem to appear in stores earlier and earlier each year, it seems like every election cycle features the ubiquitous campaign ads sooner and sooner. At times, it seems like the usual TV ad buyers - Coke, Apple, Honda, etc. - can't even find :30 to squeeze their messages in between attack ads. Do these ads provide value, or do they simply confuse potential voters? On the national stage, pro-Obama ads target the now infamous "47 percent," Bain Capital or Mitt Romney's apparently changing positions on hot button issues. On the red state side, ads attack Obama on health care, the economy and foreign policy. Locally, races in Virginia seem to sink even deeper, with candidates slamming each other on education, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Most counties in Maryland show a spike in early voting turnout in 2012 while Anne Arundel and Worcester Counties show decreases.
Turnout for early voting this year has already exceeded that of 2010 in 22 of 24 jurisdictions in the state. And while two counties report declines in the overall percentages one Eastern Shore county reports close to a 20 percent turnout. But the exact meaning of the higher turnout is hard to immediately discern, according to one local elections analyst. Residents across the state have the opportunity to cast votes for President, U.S. Senate, eight congressional races and seven statewide ballot questions including congressional redistricting, the Maryland DREAM Act, same-sex marriage and expanded gambling. Source: State Board of Elections In four counties—Caroline, Howard, Kent and Somerset—the early voting turnout over the first six days …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Supporters say law gives students who are illegal immigrants "a level playing field."
Karina is a "Dreamer." She says she's not the only one. The 22-year-old illegal immigrant and Montgomery College student spoke Wednesday at a news conference at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to kick off Educating Maryland Kids, an effort to pass the Maryland DREAM Act. "My mother has always told me that education is the path to my success and I very much believe that," said the woman who was only identified by her first name. Karina, who plans on graduating next year with dual associate degrees in general studies and mental health, called for support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition rates to students like herself who are in this country illegally or are considered undocumented immigrants. The law that would grant…