Election Day: Don't Waste It ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

November 02, 1992

Tomorrow is your chance. For months, you've listened to the candidates' rhetoric. You've let columnists and commentators tell you how you ought to make up your mind. You've read countless news articles and endured a barrage of advertising from political hopefuls and lobbyists.

Tomorrow is Election Day. At last, it's your turn.

Those of you who read this editorial page probably do not have to be told not to waste it. But someone else -- friends, family members, co-workers -- may need a reminder. So remind them. Encourage them to go to the polls and vote. Tell them such a chance to influence the course of their country, state and county will not come again soon. Tell them if they don't vote, they should surrender their right to complain, no matter what happens next.

Thanks to one of the most unusual presidential campaigns in years, record numbers of people have registered to vote -- 214,000 in Anne Arundel, 22,000 more than in 1988. But it's not just the presidency that voters will decide.

Local citizens will help decide four congressional races; the heated 1st District contest, between Reps. Tom McMillen and Wayne Gilchrest, is one of only a handful of races in the nation that pits two incumbents against each other. Voters will rule on 13 important local ballot questions, three of which would place a ceiling on property tax revenues and limit the number of terms County Council members can serve. And they'll decide on six statewide questions, including one that would ratify a law keeping abortion legal.

Ballot questions can be confusing. Resist the temptation to dismiss them. Take time in advance to understand what they mean. On the local questions, make sure to vote for Question A, which resolves the conflict that will arise if Questions B and C (both dealing with term limits) are approved. And take care to cast a vote on all four state questions dealing with the size of civil juries. Due to a technicality, Questions 1 and 2 are identical, as are 3 and 4. Vote on all four, regardless.

Because of the hectic pace most people keep, it will be easy to let the day slip by without getting to the voting booth. Don't let that happen. Make time to go to the polls.

Tomorrow is the citizens' day of power. Take advantage of it.

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