By Matt Bush
In Maryland, early voting gets underway today for this month's primary election. The chairs of both the Maryland Democratic and Republican parties are encouraging voters who can cast their ballots early to do so, saying it offers a level of convenience to voters who may not be able to make the polls on election day September 14th. The early voting period ends next Thursday, though no ballots can be cast on Saturday or Sunday.
Among the races voters will decide, will be the nominees for governor in Maryland. Incumbent Democrat Martin O'Malley and former Republican governor Bob Ehrlich do face challengers, but they are expected to easily defeat them. Democratic voters in Prince Georges County will essentially elect the next county executive, as there are no Republicans running for the office. Five Democrats are vying for the post.