: News

Filed Under:

Early Voting Begins In Maryland

Play associated audio

By Elliott Francis

For the first time, voters in Maryland will be able to cast their ballots early, 11 days before the September primary.

On Tuesday, Governor Martin O’Malley joined the state’s legislative Black Caucus to encourage voters to cast their ballot before the state's official election day.

“In other places where they’ve done this it has been embraced and citizens here were asking, why didn’t we do this long ago,” says O'Malley.

One reason? O’Malley’s predecessor, Bob Erich, who opposed early voting legislation while governor. A voter approved constitutional amendment changed that, and O’Malley signed it into law. Some observers have noted, early voting could help the Governor in his upcoming re-election bid.

Elbridge James, chairman of the state’s political action committee for the NAACP says that ‘help’ could come from working class folks who might have a better shot at finding time to vote, if they do it early.

“They now can go out on their own schedule, on their own time, within a reasonable period and actually participate in voting," says James.

Voting centers open Friday.

NPR

For Centuries, People Have Searched For Answers In The Bottom Of A Tea Cup

The practice of reading tea leaves had its heyday during Victorian times, when fascination with the occult and self-analysis thrived. It was safer than other forms of divination, and persists today.
NPR

For Centuries, People Have Searched For Answers In The Bottom Of A Tea Cup

The practice of reading tea leaves had its heyday during Victorian times, when fascination with the occult and self-analysis thrived. It was safer than other forms of divination, and persists today.
NPR

California's Prisons Will Change Solitary Confinement Rules

The state is agreeing to stop placing inmates in solitary confinement solely because of a gang affiliation. The changes could move more than 1,500 inmates out of solitary.
WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation" (Rebroadcast)

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.