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Baltimore County General Election Voters' Guide

Baltimore County General Election Voters' Guide

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League of Women Voters of Baltimore County presents its Baltimore County General Election 2010 Voters' Guide.
League of Women Voters of Baltimore County presents its Baltimore County General Election 2010 Voters' Guide.

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League of Women Voters of Baltimore County ~ General Election Voters’ Guide, 2010
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INTRODUCTION
The Voters’ Guide was prepared by the Leagueof Women Voters. The League of Women Votersis a nonpartisan organization that works topromote political responsibility through the activeparticipation of citizens in their government. TheLeague does not support or oppose any politicalparty or candidate. This guide has been producedfor the bene
t of individual voters throughoutBaltimore County. Material from this guide maynot be reproduced in whole or in part without thepermission of the League of Women Voters.The Voters’ Guide has been designed and published with the kindcollaboration of Patuxent Publishing Company as a service to the public. TheGuide is a special supplement to Patuxent’s Baltimore County newspapers.Look for it in the Arbutus Times, the Catonsville Times, the Northeast Boosterthe Towson Times, and the Jeffersonian. It is also available free of charge to allBaltimore County Public Libraries and through the Baltimore County Schoolswhere the Patuxent Company does not publish a local newspaper.Voters are encouraged to examine our new online Voters’ Guide which willprovide a sample ballot with all the data about the candidates. The ballot willbe tailored for the speci
c voting district of the voter when the appropriate zipcode is entered.
.Other websites that are very helpful are thestate and local Board of Elections. State of Maryland Board of Elections can befound at
The Baltimore County Board of Electionscan be found at
All candidates were asked to respond to a nonpartisan questionnaire.Candidates running for a particular of 
ce were asked identical questions. Theirresponses appear as submitted to the LWV, without editing. If their responsesexceeded 300 characters, their answers end abruptly. Due to the length of theguide, some races will not have all responses to all the questions. Please refer tothe website for complete information. The League assumes no responsibility forerrors and/or omissions. The LWV expresses appreciation to the candidates whoresponded and to Patuxent Publishing Company for making the guide possible.
ABSENTEE VOTING:
Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot byrequesting an Absentee Ballot Application. Please call the Baltimore CountyBoard of Elections (see number below) or use the Board of Election’s website.Be aware of the due date.
PROVISIONAL BALLOT:
A ballot must be issued to a voter: if the voter’s nameis not on the polling place register; if the voter moved from the address listed onthe polling place register more than 21 days before the election, if the voter isrequired to show identi
cation and does not have it, if the register indicates thatthe voter was issued an absentee ballot or has already voted.
WRITE-IN VOTING:
Voters can write acandidate’s name. All polling sites have write-invoting instructions. Judges will provide directionsif asked.
ASSISTANCE:
A voter can ask questions of the chief judges if the voter requires assistancebecause of a physical disability.If you need a ride to your election polling place,please call the party of your choice before electionday to request and schedule a ride. You can checkoff your choice of candidates on the Voters’Guide and take it into the polling place with you.
Voters’ Guide
General Election 2010
League of Women Voters of Baltimore County
Sample ballots will be posted at polling places.Voters are not obligated to answer questions about how they voted.For questions about this election, contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections: Phone: 410-887-5700Address: 106 Bloomsbury Ave. Baltimore, MD 21228
EARLY VOTING:
Friday, October 22; Saturday, October 23; Monday, October25; Tuesday, October 26; Wednesday, October 27; Thursday, October 28. EarlyVoting polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.A limited number of polling places is available to allow the citizens theopportunity to vote early. The voter may select the Early Polling Place that isthe most convenient. By opening these polling sites, the goal is to increase thenumber of voters in all elections.
EARLY VOTING SITES:
 
Bloomsbury Community Center
 
Honeygo Run Community Center
106 Bloomsbury Ave. 9033 Honeygo Blvd.Catonsville, MD 21228 Perry Hall, MD 21128
North Point Library
 
Randallstown Community Center
1716 Merritt Blvd. 3505 Resource DriveBaltimore, MD 21222 Randallstown, MD 21133
Towson University
Administration Building7720 York RoadTowson, MD 21252
REGULAR VOTING:
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Tuesday, November 2, 2010
You may take the Voters’ Guide into the polling place with you.
CALENDAR
October 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Early Voting 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.October 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Absentee Ballot Application DeadlineOctober 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline for write-in Candidates to file a Certification of Candidacy
November 2
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General Election 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Certification of the ElectionNovember 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Voter Registration Reopens
 
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General Election Voters’ Guide, 2010 ~ League of Women Voters of Baltimore County
 
League of Women Voters of Baltimore County ~ General Election Voters’ Guide, 2010
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STATE OF MARYLAND OFFICES 
GOVERNOR/LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 VOTE FOR ONE PAIR
GOVERNOR’S DUTIES:
The Governor is the chief executive of 
cer of the state of Maryland andappoints the heads of statewide departments and judges to the state courts. The Governor also makesother appointments as provided by the MarylandConstitution or by law and proposes the annualoperating and capital budgets to the legislature.The Governor may veto legislation passed by thelegislature.
SALARY:
$150,000.
TERM:
Four years, limit of two consecutive terms.
HOW ELECTED:
Elected statewide as a team withthe Lt. Governor.The
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
assists theGovernor and is elected jointly on a ballot with thegubernatorial candidate. The Lieutenant Governor
lls the of 
ce of Governor in case of death,resignation, or disability and carries out speci
cduties assigned by the Governor.
SALARY:
$125,000.
Candidates for Governor were asked thefollowing questions:QUALIFICATIONS: What are yourqualifications for the office of Governor?RUNNING MATE’S QUALIFICATIONS:What are your running mate’squalifications for the office of Lt.Governor?ENERGY: How should Maryland addressits future energy needs?EDUCATION: How should stategovernment work with local governmentsto solve the crisis in funding for publicK-12 education?ECONOMY: What measures to stimulateMaryland’s economy would you propose?BUDGET: Even accounting for thebeginnings of an economic recovery, theprojected budget shortfall for next year is$1.5 billion. What are some of the specificspending cuts or revenue increases youwould support to balance the budget?CHESAPEAKE: What more can/shouldbe done by the state to protect theChesapeake Bay system and its resources?TRANSPORTATION: What are yourtransportation priorities and how shouldthey be funded?
DEMOCRAT
Martin O’Malley / Anthony G. Brown
Campaign Website: www.martinomalley.com
QUALIFICATIONS:
Martin O’Malley is a fearless,intelligent public servant who always puts peoplebefore politics. As Governor, Martin O’Malley hasa proven record of delivering results for our smallbusinesses and families. And with him in of 
ce, wewill Move Maryland forward.
RUNNING MATE’S QUALIFICATIONS:
AnthonyBrown has a distinguished career in public service.After serving our country as an army Colonel, hewas elected to the state house and served as HouseMajority Whip. Now, Anthony is the highestranking elected of 
cial in the nation ever to haveserved a tour of duty in Iraq.
ENERGY:
To move forward, we must conserve ourexisting resources while investing in alternative energy.That’s why I set a goal for energy savings of 15% by2015, implemented a tax exemption for residentialsolar installations and asked the federal governmentto remove barriers to off-shore wind production.
EDUCATION:
Education is the key to movingus forward and that’s why my administration hasfully funded Thornton, investing $5.7 billion thisyear alone and a record $1.3 billion for schoolconstruction. We need to build on this progress withsmart investments and reforms to keep our schoolsranked #1 in the nation.
ECONOMY:
Our focus is on creating, savingand maintaining jobs. With strategic tax cuts forsmall businesses, public-private partnerships andinvestments in the new economy, we will emergefrom the national recession faster than most states.But we must continue to move forward by investingto create jobs.
BUDGET:
Working together, we have restored
scalresponsibility, cutting $5.6 billion in spending whilemaintaining our shared priorities. Our schools areranked #1, our Bay is recovering and our violentcrime rate is at a 35 year low. We must continuemoving forward with a smart,
scally responsiblebudget.
CHESAPEAKE:
Thanks to the creation of theChesapeake Bay Trust Fund, innovative partnershipswith stakeholders and high waste reduction goals,our Bay’s health is the best it’s been since 2002 andour crab population is at a 10 year high. But moreneeds to be done to restore our cherished resource.
TRANSPORTATION:
Our transportation agendahas and will continue to focus on creating jobsand improving the quality of our life and theenvironment while keeping our families safe andsecure. With the purple line, ICC and improvementsat the Port of Baltimore, we will continue to build asystem for the future.
REPUBLICAN
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. / Mary Kane
Campaign Website: bobehrlich.com
QUALIFICATIONS:
I led Maryland out of arecession and a budget de
cit once and I will do itagain. I have 3 simple priorities: more jobs, lowertaxes, and less spending. As a state lawmaker, U.S.Congressman, and Governor, I have always believedin being honest with the citizens I serve.
RUNNING MATE’S QUALIFICATIONS:
Mary Kaneis a working mother, a small business advocate, anda former prosecutor. As the daughter of immigrants,she has a unique understanding of the unlimitedpossibilities available to families if governmentserves the interests of the people.
ENERGY:
I have three goals. First, ensure thatenergy supplies are affordable and reliable. Second,diversify energy supplies so that we are less dependenton foreign oil. Third, enact policies that encouragelocal energy companies to create jobs, including inour wind, solar, and nuclear energy sectors.
EDUCATION:
As Governor, I increased publicschool funds by a record $1.4 billion. As a result,high school AP scores were 2nd best in the U.S.and the achievement gap continued to closeamong African-American & Hispanic students,and students living in poverty. I will continue fullyfunding public schools.
ECONOMY:
I will treat small businesses as asource of new jobs, not a source of new taxes. Iwill repeal my opponent’s 20% sales tax hike, whichhurts low and middle income families. I will improveMaryland’s business climate, which currently ranks45th in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.
BUDGET:
Maryland lost sight of its spendingpriorities the past 4 years. I will reprioritize howgovernment spends money, redirecting scarce taxdollars into programs that work and that help themost vulnerable in our communities. Ineffectiveprograms that needlessly expand government will bereconsidered.
CHESAPEAKE:
I will protect the Bay RestorationFund, which Governor O’Malley raided by $155million this year by ensuring the Fund is usedfor its intended purpose: reducing pollution fromwastewater plants. I will protect wildlife and workwith watermen to ensure that our oyster and crabpopulations recover.
TRANSPORTATION:
In my 1st year, I will restore25% of the transportation funds Governor O’Malleytook from local governments that could have beenused to repair roads. I will demand improved serviceon our troubled MARC system and invest scarcedollars to
x deteriorating road and transit projectsstatewide.

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