Monday, November 12, 2012
Headlines from Howard County Patches from Nov. 2 - Nov. 9 2012.
Columbia Father Delivers Surprise Election Day Baby 'It was simultaneously awesome, scary and nerve-racking at the same time,' said the Columbia father who delivered his daughter early Tuesday morning. De Lacy Says She'll Ask 'Tough Questions' as School Board Member The former teacher also says redistricting process is 'broken.' Casino Looks to Move Fast on Table Games The operators of Maryland Live! said it will move fast to hire 1,000 new workers and install table games now that voters have approved expanded gambling. Maryland Voters Approve Same-Sex Marriage DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting also survive referendum challenges. Former Teacher to Join Incumbents on School Board Ann De Lacy will join Janet …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Election 2012 officials provide voter turnout numbers since 4 p.m. in Howard County.
By 4 p.m. Tuesday nearly 78,000 Howard County voters had cast a ballot, according to the Howard County Board of Elections, and that was without numbers from several precincts that hadn’t yet reported their totals. With four hours to go, about 42 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot in Tuesday’s General Election in Howard County. Sign up for the Ellicott City Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. Board of Elections Director Guy Mickley said Tuesday evening that seven precincts had not yet reported their turnout numbers, but as of the 4 p.m. count, 77,915 Howard County voters had been to the polls. “That’s just in the polls today,” he said; about 16 …
Scenes and stories from polling places around the county.
First update: 10:09 a.m. - Wilde Lake High School - Columbia The line at Wilde Lake High School at about 9:30 a.m. was approximately 20 people long. Chief Election Judge Denise Wright said the polling place had been very busy since 7 a.m. Have photos from Election Day? Post them by clicking on the green button by the photo gallery. "There were people lined up since 5:15 a.m. and we don't even officially open the doors until 6," said Wright. She said 359 people had voted so far at Wilde Lake. Located a sizable distance from the front entrance of the high school was bundled up Hope Collins of Wilde Lake. Collins was handing out literature in support of Question 6 - which would legalize gay marriage in Maryland. Collins said she has a …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Debate continues over the costs, benefits, and potential biases of the program.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
By Carl Straumsheim Capital News Service Early voting in Maryland was meant to make the ballot box more accessible by giving voters additional chances to cast their ballots, but instead, the perceived shortcomings of the program have spawned a debate over costs, benefits and partisan bias. Early voting turnout has been low since its introduction in 2010. Only 2.4 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots ahead of the April 3 primary election—roughly the same as in 2010. Compared to the 2006 election, total turnout in 2010 stayed flat, with one in two Marylanders voting, though about 6 percent of those voters cast their ballots before Election Day, according to data from the Maryland State Board of Elections. Michael Cain, a …