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  •  I voted on Saturday, wait time was an hour and a (2+ / 0-)
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    night cat, Noor B

    half in Anne Arundel County, my brother voted on Saturday in Baltimore County and had a five hour wait. We've only had early in person voting since 2008 (thank you, Governor O'Malley!!) and it was awesome to see the turnout last weekend and to see so many people were willing to wait for hours to make sure they were able to exercise their right to vote. Given the uncertainty of what the Frankenstorm and it's aftermath were going to look like and the fact that we had two extrodinarily important referendums on the ballot (marriage equality and the Maryland DREAM Act) it brought more people out to vote than normal even in a Presidential election year. (Maryland is a safe blue for the Presidency, so sometimes people on both sides, D & R, get complacent and don't vote because they know the inevitability of the outcome on the top of the ticket, an absolutely absurd notion to me but....)

    I planned to vote early all along to show my solidarity and support for all those who live in states that have tried to eliminate early voting and have engaged in such vile voter supression tactics this year. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of people were there for that reason as well, not just because of the pending Frankenstorm!

    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. We must put our hands on it and we must bend it in the direction of justice." MLK

    by mindara on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 06:35:50 AM PDT

    •  A little history (2+ / 0-)
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      night cat, Noor B

      The legislature enacted early voting during Ehrlich's reign and of course Ehrlich vetoed it because he said it would contribute to voting fraud.  The legislature then overrode his veto, but the Republicans took it to court and the Maryland Court of Appeals struck it down as in violation of the Maryland Constitution, which had a provision setting the day of election as the first Tuesday in November.  The legislature then in 2007 enacted a constitutional amendment which was approved by the voters in 2008.

      Lesson, this was not easy and the Republicans fought it tooth and nail.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:25:36 AM PDT

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