From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Election Day Is Coming Soon!
This year’s election will be here before you know it. Now is your chance to tell Annapolis and Washington DC what you think!
With this year’s lengthy ballot, lines are certain to be long at the polls on November 6th. Please consider voting early. Click here to find the closest early voting center to your home or place of work: Early Voting Locations
Saturday, October 27 – Thursday, November 1
Sunday 12 – 6
All other days 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you want to review the ballot for your county, click here: Sample Ballots
There are a lot of questions on this year’s ballot. I’ve had a number of people call and email me to ask about the ballot questions. Following are my positions on the ballot initiatives:
QUESTION 1 – Recommend AGAINST
Requires Prince George’s County Orphans’ Court Judges to be lawyers in good standing.
QUESTION 2 – Recommend AGAINST
Requires Baltimore County Orphans’ Court Judges to be lawyers in good standing.
Both questions 1 & 2 are the same, just different jurisdictions. I trust voters to select the right person for an office. If the voters think being a lawyer is important, they will vote for the candidate that is a lawyer.
QUESTION 3 – Recommend FOR
Constitutional amendment that speeds the removal of convicted elected officals.
QUESTION 4 – Recommend AGAINST
Reduces tuition for illegal immigrants at public colleges and universities- the Dream Act.
Tuition at public colleges and universities is subsidized with tax dollars. I do not think that our tax dollars should be spent to educate people who are not legally in our country. Without legal status, those educated illegal immigrants will not be able to get a job in the USA. This is NOT a path to citizenship.
QUESTION 5 – Recommend AGAINST
Congressional districting plan imposes unfair boundaries influenced by partisan politics.
Tell Annapolis that Maryland’s gerrymandered congressional districts only serve power-hungry politicians – not citizens.
QUESTION 6 – Recommend AGAINST
Redefines Civil Marriage Law to allow same-sex marriages.
QUESTION 7 – Recommend AGAINST
Extensively expands gambling, adding a casino in Prince George’s County.
Maryland’s gambling measures have been poorly thought out from the beginning. The original proposals offered by the state were so greedy that the state could not find bidders for all of the 5 pre-determined locations. Eventually, bidders did get approved, but two of the five casinos are not even open yet. Baltimore City’s location has not even broken ground!
In the meantime, the leadership in Annapolis passed huge tax breaks for casino owners that are not given to any other business in Maryland. And there is no guarantee that the money generated by gambling will be added to the state’s education fund.
It just doesn’t add up – I’m voting NO on this question.
Let’s get the 5 casinos open and then revisit the plan in a thoughtful and comprehensive way.
FYI – Candidates I’m Supporting:
•President: Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan
•Congress: Andy Harris or Nancy Jacobs
•US Senate: Dan Bongino
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming my way.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga