Harford County joins the rest of the nation Tuesday in participating in the 2012 Presidential General Election – having a hand in selecting the President of the United States of America, but also voting on several historic state issues and local county charter changes.
In addition to the Presidency, voters Tuesday will also have a chance to punch in (electronically) their support for members of the U.S. Senate, Congressional Representative, judges of various courts, and weigh in on a series of constitutional amendments and referendum petitions dealing with Congressional redistricting, tuition for undocumented immigrants, the Civil Marriage Protection Act, expansion of gambling and casinos – as well as a handful of local Harford County Charter Amendments regarding vacancy of the county executive seat, post-council employment, and public notification of government meetings.
In Harford County, the polls are open on Election Day from 7am to 8pm and there are 169,546 citizens who are eligible to cast a vote – including 67,508 Democrats, 70,769 Republicans, and 29,037 who have declined affiliation.
For all intents and purposes, the Presidential race is between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, although don’t be shocked to see that there is a woman on the ballot (the Green Party ticket includes Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala) or a mythological entity (official Independent write-in candidate Santa Claus).
If you need some last-minute advice on the 14 or so questions on the ballot, here is how the Republican Central Committee thinks you should vote and here is how the Democratic Central Committee recommends voting.
The Harford County Board of Elections offers the following tips for Election Day:
– You can bring any printed material – including a marked up specimen ballot – to the voting station with you.
– Find time to review the three state Constitutional amendments, three state referendums, one state question, and seven county charter amendments before heading to the polls.
– Remember that election workers are nonpartisan and, while they can explain how to mark a ballot or operate a machine, they cannot assistin making a decision or explaining questions, amendments or referendums.
– Historically, the best time to avoid delays is to vote between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Sample Ballots for 2012 Presidential General Election can be viewed here.
You can check unofficial election night results here and stay tuned to The Dagger for updates and information as the day progresses. As always, let us know what you’re seeing and hearing out there. Long lines? Blatant electioneering? Eleventh-hour robo-calls? Tell us about it.