DMV Election Guide 2012

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McLEAN, Va. (CBSDC) — A guide to the 2012 elections for D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

The following is a list of the key races in each jurisdiction as well as polling hours and a link to find your polling place.

All eyes will be focused squarely on Virginia as the first of the key battleground states to close its polls. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are in a virtual dead heat in the Commonwealth.

VIRGINIA

Poll Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Find Your Polling Place

Five Things for Va. Voters to Know

Key Races

U.S. Senate

  • George F. Allen (Republican)
  • Timothy M. Kaine (Democratic)

U.S. House of Representatives – 8th District

  • J. Patrick Murray (Republican)
  • James P. “Jim” Moran, Jr. (Democratic)
  • Janet Murphy (Independent Green)
  • Jason Howell (Independent)

U.S. House of Representatives – 10th District

  • Frank R. Wolf (Republican)
  • Kristin A. Cabral (Democratic)
  • J. Kevin Chisholm (Independent)

U.S. House of Representatives – 11th District

  • Chris. S. Perkins (Republican)
  • Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly (Democratic)
  • Peter M. Marchetti (Independent Green)
  • Joe F. Galdo, Jr. (Green)
  • Christopher F. DeCarlo (Independent)
  • Mark T. Gibson (Independent)

Key Ballot Questions

* Description uses official ballot language

Question 1: Limiting State Power of Eminent Domain

Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development; to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use?

Question 2: Delayed Start of Veto Session

Shall Section 6 of Article IV (Legislature) of the Constitution of Virginia concerning legislative sessions be amended to allow the General Assembly to delay by no more than one week the fixed starting date for the reconvened or “veto” session when the General Assembly meets after a session to consider the bills returned to it by the Governor with vetoes or amendments?


MARYLAND

Poll Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Find Your Polling Place

Five Things for Md. Voters to Know

Key Races

U.S. Senate

  • Ben Cardin (Democratic)
  • Daniel John Bongino (Republican)
  • Dean Ahmad (Libertarian)
  • S. Rob Sobhani (Unaffiliated)

Key Ballot Questions

* Description uses official ballot language

Question 3: Suspension and Removal of Elected Officials

Changes the point at which an elected official charged with certain crimes is automatically suspended or removed from office. Under existing law, an elected official who is convicted or pleads no contest is suspended and is removed only when the conviction becomes final. Under the amended law, an elected official is suspended when found guilty and is removed when the conviction becomes final or when the elected official pleads guilty or no contest.

Question 4: Public Institutions of Higher Education-Tuition Rates (Maryland 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.

Question 5: Congressional Districting Plan

Establishes the boundaries for the State’s eight United States Congressional Districts based on recent census figures, as required by the United States Constitution.

Question 6: Civil Marriage Protection Act

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

Question 7: Gaming Expansion

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?


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Poll Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Find Your Polling Place

Five Things for D.C. Voters to Know

Key Races

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Elanor Holmes Norton (Democratic)
  • Bruce Majors (Libertarian)
  • Natale Lino Stracuzzi (State Greenhood)

At-Large Member of the Council (choose two)

  • Michael A. Brown (Independent)
  • David Gross (Independent)
  • Vincent Orange (Democratic)
  • Mary Brooks Beatty (Republican)
  • Leon J. Swain, Jr. (Independent)
  • Ann C. Wilcox (State Greenhood)
  • A.J. Cooper (Independent)

Special Election: Chairman of the Council

  • Phil Mendelson (Democratic)
  • Calvin H. Gurley (Democratic)

Key Ballot Questions

Question 1: Expulsion of D.C. Council Members for Gross Misconduct

This Charter Amendment, if passed, would permit the Council to adopt a resolution to expel a Councilmember upon a 5/6 vote of its members upon demonstrating that Councilmember’s gross failure to meet the highest standards of conduct and upon establishing procedures for the expulsion of a Councilmember.

Question 2: Disqualification from Office for Felony Convictions on D.C. Council

This Charter Amendment, if passed, would make anyone who is convicted of a felony while holding the office of Councilmember ineligible to remain in office and ineligible to ever hold the office again.

Question 3: Disqualification from Office for Felony Convictions for D.C. Mayor

This Charter Amendment, if passed, would make anyone who is convicted of a felony while holding the office of Mayor ineligible to remain in office and ineligible to ever hold the office again.

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