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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pick 4 Ballot Questions

We spoke and Maryland listened! Because of your hard work collecting and signing petitions, Maryland will vote on ALL 3 referendum issues. All are extremely important to the future of our state.

For this election on November 6th, the ballot will be worded as follows:

Question 4 - Referendum Petition - Public Institutions of Higher Education - Tuition Rates (Ch. 191 of the 2011 Legislative Session) - The Dream Act
Establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service system (if required); makes such students eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at a four-year public college or university if the student has first completed 60 credit hours or graduated from a community college in Maryland; provides that students qualifying for in-state tuition rates by this method will not be counted as in-state students for purposes of counting undergraduate enrollment; and extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Vote NO if you DO NOT support giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

Question 5 - Referendum Petition - Congressional Districting Plan
(Ch. 1 of the 2011 Special Session)
Establishes the boundaries for the State’s eight United States Congressional Districts based on recent census figures, as required by the United States Constitution.

Vote NO if you DO NOT support Governor O’Malley’s gerrymandered Congressional districts.

Question 6 - Referendum Petition - Civil Marriage Protection Act
(Ch. 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session)
Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.

Vote NO if you DO NOT support gay marriage.

Question 7 -
Gaming Expansion Referendum Gaming Expansion
(Ch. 1 of the Second 2012 Special Session)
Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education to authorize video lottery operation licensees to operate “table games” as defined by law; to increase from 15,000 to 16,500 the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the State; and to increase from 5 to 6 the maximum number of video lottery operation licenses that may be awarded in the State and allow a video lottery facility to operate in Prince George’s County?

Vote NO if you DO NOT support additional gambling in Maryland.

Please spread the word about these important referendum issues in Maryland.

You can view all of the ballot language here.

God Bless,

Andy Harris
US Congress


Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch Andy. Saves me time at the polls to see this ahead of time. I will vote no and maybe, just maybe, someone will hear.

Anonymous said...

I will be voting yes on those issues.

Anonymous said...

3:02 - and maybe you will be voting for prostitution, drug dealing and organized crime? Vote yes.

Anonymous said...

3:35 PM Are those on the ballot too?

Anonymous said...

Andy get School vouchers on the Ballot for next election..The BOE is outta control. I want control of who gets my education dollars. VOTE yes to school vouchers