State Ballot Questions Election '92

November 05, 1992

1,595 of 1,595 precincts

Questions 1 and 2:

These are identical because Maryland's House and Senate each passed bills to change the size of civil juries. A legal technicality requires the language to be duplicated. Passage of either measure allows civil cases in Circuit Court to be heard by a panel of six jurors instead of 12.

QUESTION 1.. .. .. ..Votes.. .. .. .. .. %

For: .. .. .. .. ..1,127,690.. .. .. ...79

Against:.. .. .. .. .302,239.. .. .. .. 21

QUESTION 2.. .. .. ..Votes.. .. .. .. .. %

For:.. .. .. .. ...1,054,468.. .. .. ...78

Against:.. .. .. .. .292,732.. .. .. ...22

Questions 3 and 4:

These are identical because Maryland's House and Senate each passed bills to change the amount in civil trials eligible to be

heard by jury. A legal technicality requires the language to be duplicated. Passage of either measure means the threshold for a civil trial in Circuit Court will be $5,000 instead of $500.

QUESTION 3.. .. .. .. .. .Votes.. .. .. ..%

For:.. .. .. .. .. .. .. 972,166.. .. ...72

Against:.. .. .. .. .. ..376,685.. .. ...28

QUESTION 4.. .. .. .. .. .Votes.. .. .. ..%

For:.. .. .. .. .. .. .. 935,967.. .. ...72

Against:.. .. .. .. .. ..363,080.. .. .. 28

Question 5:

Increases from 12 to 18 months the time that a charter board created after Nov. 3, 1992, has to prepare a charter. The measure is intended to improve the process that counties go through when they seek to upgrade their authority to charter home rule, which is the highest form of county government.

.. .. .. .. .. ..Votes.. .. .. .. .. .. ..%

For:.. .. .. .. 727,163.. .. .. .. .. .. 57

Against:.. .. ..543,391.. .. .. .. .. ...43

Question 6:

A referendum on Maryland's new abortion law, which would continue current abortion practices. Abortion would be allowed without government interference until the time in pregnancy when the fetus might survive outside the womb, and later in pregnancy if the woman's life or health are at risk or if the fetus is deformed. The law also requires a parent be notified before a minor has an abortion, but it permits doctors to make exceptions. It would end a requirement that patients receive a brochure listing abortion alternatives and would repeal a prohibition on for-profit abortion referrals, which are banned elsewhere in state law. It would allow the state to regulate abortion. It also repeals a 1968 law, unconstitutional since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, that allowed abortions only in hospitals after approval by a review board and only in cases of reported rape, fetal deformity or risk to woman's

life or health, but not in the case of incest.

.. .. .. .. .. ... Votes.. .. .. .. .. ...%

For:.. .. .. .. .1,054,611.. .. .. .. ...62

Against:.. .. .. ..660,720.. .. .. .. ...38

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