Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you know Tuesday is the big Election Day.
In addition to voting for the next President and other candidates, citizens in Maryland also have a variety of issues to vote for or against, ranging from new congressional districts to same-sex marriage. Here's some basic information all voters should know before heading to the polls on Tuesday.
Where Do I Vote?
Showing up at the polling place is key. To learn exactly where you should go, visit the Maryland Board of Election's "Polling Place Lookup." Here, you just need to type in your registered address and it'll show you where to go.
If you have a voter's registration card, you can also use the precinct number on your card and look up your voting location with Anne Arundel County's voting place PDF document. Voting stations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
For a complete list of polling places in Severna Park click here.
What are the issues?
Question 1 and 2—Requires judges of Prince George's and Baltimore Counties' Orphan's Court to be certified lawyers. Read more.
Question 3—Proposes a state amendment that elected officials are to be automatically suspended or removed from office when convicted of a crime. Read more.
Question 4—Establishes that students, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland colleges provided that the student meets conditions related to attendance, graduation from a state high school, files income taxes and shows an intent to apply for permanent residency. In-state tuition would also be granted to military service members serving in Maryland but who technically reside elsewhere. Read more.
Question 5—Establishes newly created Congressional District boundaries based on census figures, proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. A "no" vote means the boundaries go back to the statehouse for new lines to be drawn for 2014. Read more.
Question 6—Establishes that gay and lesbian couples are allowed to obtain a civil marriage license. Read more.
Question 7—Allows for expansion of commercial gaming in Maryland, authorizing "table games" at already existing casinos, while adding another casino in Prince George's County. Read more.
Read Patch's article here about the county charter changes that Anne Arundel County voters will vote for or against on Tuesday.
How to use Patch on Election Day?
Stay informed with hourly updates on voter turnout, exit poll data and precinct results. I'll be Tweeting, posting Instagram photos and interviewing electioneers throughout the area.