Maryland Election Referendum: Tuition, Marriage, Gambling

Posted on November 4, 2012

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See that line? That’s the first-day of early voting at Berlin in Worcester County, Maryland.

You can expect long lines at Maryland polling places for the Presidential Election on Tuesday. The reason: Ballot questions that voters know are important, so they take the time to read all the questions in the voting booth and make their decisions. The solution: Get familiar with the ballot questions before you go to vote. Do this on Sunday or Monday. Make your decisions and mark them on your sample ballot or just jot them down on a scrap of paper. Or print out this post and take it with you. Walk into the polling booth, vote, and you’re out in three minutes. But you’ll still have to stand in line, because most people won’t take a few minutes to prepare themselves in advance.

The following comments on four of the ballot questions represent the opinions of the blogger.

QUICK GUIDE TO THE FOUR MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ON THE MARYLAND BALLOT

QUESTION 4, REFERENDUM: HIGHER EDUCATION, TUITION RATES.

Quick recommendation: QUESTION 4: VOTE FOR THE QUESTION.

Question 4 is the in-state tuition referendum, AKA the Dream Act referendum.Authorizes in-state and in-county tuition rates for all true residents of Maryland, including undocumented immigrants. It’s been passed by both houses of the General Assembly after considerable debate, and signed into law by the governor.

There’s only one reason to vote against in-state tuition: FEAR. Some people fear immigrants (or hate immigrants) and some fear that allowing an immigrant to go to college in Maryland might deprive a citizen of a college education.

Reasons to vote for in-state tuition: Having all residents well-educated and able to work productively makes Maryland more economically competitive and more affluent. A high general level of education reduces crime and improves the quality of life for everyone . . . . .  CONTINUE READING

Reblogged from “Work in Progress.” The full post includes information on Question 5, Redistricting; Question 6, Same-Sex Civil Marriage; and Question 7, Gambling .  To read the complete post on the four referendum questions, click right here.

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