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June 7, 2011
In Saturday's front page story showing (so far) six people seeking to become Baltimore's next mayor, your reporter quotes a citizen saying she did not know there was going to be an election this year ("Mayoral contenders plan summer of campaigning," June 4). There is a problem in today's society about elections: Citizens do not read the newspapers anymore and many skip the news on television, opting for goofy shows. The coming election will not be decided by honest, knowledgeable voters but by "know nothings" who year after year hold the balance of elective power in government, and the rest have to suffer for it. Richard L. Lelonek, Baltimore
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NEWS
October 13, 2014
What are black voters' priorities? Your recent article on the candidates' appeal to black voters offered the result of Mr. Hogan's polling on North Avenue: People said they wanted lower taxes above all else ( "Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4). A successful governor needs to excel in many criteria. Mr. Brown was not asked how he would lessen tax burdens. Nor was he asked if he felt he deserves higher office after making Marylanders experience the failed Obamacare system.
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NEWS
October 21, 2011
As a victim of previous gerrymandering schemes in the Washington suburbs, I can only say that politicians and politics are out of control not only in Maryland but nationwide. Are state legislators and the governor completely blind to ethics as they toy with voters' districts, to their detriment? My suggestion to those who have been gerrymandered without consultation is to express their views at the next election and throw out the perpetrators of this political farce. Nelson Marans, Silver Spring
NEWS
October 12, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan could win this year's governor's race, but it's going to take more than he's shown voters so far in this campaign. That's the message of today's Sun Poll, which shows him trailing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown by seven percentage points with just over three weeks to go before election day. The Sun's results are in line with two other recent polls, one conducted by the Washington Post, which showed Mr. Brown with a nine-point lead,...
EXPLORE
November 10, 2011
Editor: I wanted to take an opportunity to provide some comments in summary of the recent Town of Bel Air election. First, I must express my gratitude once again to the voters of Bel Air. This campaign was yet another rewarding experience for me as a candidate. I always enjoy knocking on doors and hearing feedback from voters; this truly is a great town in which we live. I am pleased to see two outstanding incumbents remain in office and am delighted that a very well qualified challenger is joining the board.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Dan Rodricks ("Hoping for the best, not expecting much," Sept. 6) is wrong to describe the discouragement of the electorate instead of fighting it. He should use his column to fire up the voters to deliver a Congress that shows a democracy can work. Electing the Congress is, of course, the voters' responsibility. Let every voter go to town hall meetings, write letters and e-mails to their different candidates and press them mercilessly to review their records: Were their actions designed to solve problems or to show party solidarity?
NEWS
September 9, 2010
The time is now for the voters of Baltimore County to wake up and do their homework. We have an opportunity to restore the County Council to a more balanced entity whereby the interests of the public are considered wisely. The suggestion in The Sun's editorial ("Buying influence?" Sept. 8) that voters can "find out who is bankrolling the candidates seeking to represent them" is good advice, but the voters can and should do much more than checking the campaign finance section of http://www.
NEWS
July 1, 2011
If one wants to find the root cause for our nation's problems, one has to look no further than the misinformed American voters. Alarms should be sounding to alert us that many voters — many voters — have no idea how this nation is run and only care about the numbers on their mailboxes. When I would ask my Democratic friends their opinions on what Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin said yesterday, the answer was unanimous: "I refuse to listen to that tripe!" Well then how do they know what is happening in the "street?"
NEWS
September 15, 2011
The picture in Wednesday's Sun ("Election draws lowest turnout in history," Sept. 14) illustrates my huge complaint and frustration about the lack of privacy while voting. If the machines were placed with the screens facing the wall instead of open to the public, our votes wouldn't be visible to anyone behind us. I don't accept any excuse. The Board of Election Supervisors has a duty to see that the screens are private and are wired so that each machine is shielded. Claudia R. Fielding
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By Dave Rosenthal | November 6, 2012
Voting is an important way to mark our democratic freedoms -- and today, it could save you a few bucks. The Daedalus Books outlet store, which lies between Baltimore and Washington, is offering a one-day, 10 percent discount to shoppers who wear an "I Voted" sticker. In Daedulus' words: Vote - Wear - Save. Another incentive for casting your ballot.  The outlet store is located at 9645 Gerwig Lane in Columbia. Phone: (410) 309-2730.  
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
As Gov. Martin O'Malley seeks to build support for a potential presidential campaign, a new poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun shows enthusiasm among voters in his home state is conspicuously low - and might be slipping. Despite high-profile victories in Annapolis and a growing national buzz about his future, nearly six in 10 Maryland voters said they would not back the governor if he decides to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, while 14 percent said they would.
NEWS
By David Horsey | September 30, 2014
One chilly winter evening in 1988, I was the lone journalist among a small clump of voters gathered inside an old meeting hall in Manchester, N.H. I was there, mostly out of curiosity, to witness the spectacle of a man desperately clinging to a shattered dream. The dream was the presidency. The man was Gary Hart. Mr. Hart had once been sure it was his destiny to be president of the United States. The previous spring -- perhaps convinced of his own inevitability and invulnerability and only weeks after declaring his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination -- Mr. Hart had taken a ride to Bimini on a yacht called "Monkey Business" accompanied by a young model named Donna Rice.
NEWS
September 5, 2014
I see nothing wrong with all voters having a photo ID ( "Double voting? Not necessarily," Sept. 2). I show my driver's license when I vote although not asked to. When my mother was 86, she stopped driving and told me to take her to Motor Vehicle Administration to get a photo ID card. I am an 80-year-old veteran having arrived in Korea when I was 18. So far, I am also a registered Democrat who has not missed a vote since 1956. To me, this is all part of being a citizen. John DuBree - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The recent report by Election Integrity Maryland that there may be as many as 164 individuals who voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the 2012 election hasn't exactly caused the Maryland Board of Elections to press the panic button. There's a reason for that: The numbers don't prove fraud and more likely point to clerical error. That's not to suggest the Fairfax County Electoral Board should not seek criminal investigation, as officials announced last week, into 17 possible cases of duplicate voting in that Northern Virginia county - such due diligence is entirely appropriate - but the chances that such incidents will result in fraud convictions are slim.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
Marlene Condon's recent commentary, "If you break it, you pay for it" (Aug. 22), was refreshing in the sense that it suggested some practical things we all could do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay including attention to how we treat our own lawns by aerating and planting more bushes and less grass. I am going to follow her advice to try to make a difference. However, more to my point, politicians in the coming election need to heed this advice especially when it comes to using idiotic phrases such as the "rain tax," the "bathroom bill" and a host of other silly phrases designed to confuse or enrage the voters.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Candidates for governor in Maryland's June primary spent a record of almost $25 million - paying roughly $35 for every voter who showed up at the polls. Campaign finance reports filed with the State Board of Elections this week show that the primary's cost exceeded the total spent during the primary and general election four years ago by more than $2 million. As Democrat Anthony G. Brown continues to raise money apace and Republican Larry Hogan has $2.4 million in public financing, they appear on track to shatter the record $33 million spent on the gubernatorial contest in 2006.
EXPLORE
November 15, 2012
Editor: The 2012 elections are over and the voters have spoken. We have four more years of Class, Race and Gender warfare. I hope the Mayan calendar is right because our country won't be recognizable after the next four years. We will look like a third world Banana Republic, aka Cuba and Venezuela. Obama can complete the Communist takeover of the executive and judicial branches of the Federal Government. When Obama and his czars get done we won't have any God given freedoms left.
NEWS
June 27, 2014
Now that the 2014 primary election is history, it might be time for Maryland to examine the idea of moving to an open, semi-open, or semi-closed primary. My wife and I are registered independents because we like to vote for candidates rather that just the party line. But we feel left out in Maryland's closed primaries. Some of the people who won weren't people we would have voted for, so in the general election we will probably vote for someone in a different party instead of the way we would normally vote.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
When you're a Libertarian candidate in Maryland, garnering more than 1 percent of the vote on Election Day counts as a win. But for Shawn Quinn, candidate for governor, nothing short of toppling both the major-party candidates will feel like victory. "People think I'm nuts," Quinn said last week. "But I want to be the next governor of Maryland. " The Libertarian Party, founded in 1971, has never won more than a full percentage point of Maryland voters in statewide races. Quinn is undeterred.
NEWS
July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
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