In addition, casinos would be able to operate 24 hours a day seven days a week and casino operators may own more than one facility.

One man asked, "Does casino money have to go to education?"

Jacobs offered her insight and said there have been instances in the past, such as raising the alcohol tax, that the primary purpose of moneymaking issue doesn't necessarily get the majority of revenue. She said only 15 percent of revenue from the alcohol tax went to people with disabilities, which, she felt, was "kind of a bait and switch, in a way."

Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie agreed with Jacobs that "that's the problem" with the language — a percentage of revenue going to education isn't defined in the legislation.

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The issue would only pass if both the majority of Prince George's County voters and those in the rest of the state approve it.

Removal of officials

Question 3 is about the suspension and removal of elected officials in the state.

The ballot language states that to vote in favor of the issue "changes the point at which an elected official who has been charged with certain crimes is automatically suspended or removed from office."

As the law currently stands, an elected official who is convicted or pleads no contest to a crime is suspended and removed only when the conviction becomes final.

"Under the amended law," the language continues, "an elected official is suspended when found guilty and is removed when the conviction becomes final or when the elected official pleads guilty or not contest."


The congressional redistricting plan passed last year by the Maryland General Assembly could be changed yet again if the majority of voters choose "no" for Question 5, which establishes "the boundaries for the state's eight United States congressional districts based on recent census figures," according to ballot language.

Hallock explained that the state is currently working under the new district map, but because "enough resident filed a petition to push this to the voters to decide," it is therefore part of the November ballot.

Voting "yes," Hallock continued, means the current map will remain. A vote against the question will mean the map would no longer be in effect. Because the 2010 census showed a population change in the state since the last map in 2002 was drawn, the 2002 map would no longer be valid and the General Assembly would have to go through the same process to draw up a new map.

The issue in this, however, is this process could result in a very similar outcome. Furthermore, the representatives elected in this upcoming election would serve a full two-year term in the districts currently defined.

Seitzinger, again, asked Hallock if the issue was voted down if the new map that is created would be substantially different.

As long as the legislative process is followed, she responded, it doesn't have to be very different.

"It doesn't mean it's going to be dramatically different," chimed in Jacobs. She added that nothing has to be redrawn completely and the map would be simply altered.

Orphans court judges

One statewide ballot question not affecting Harford County concerns qualifications for Prince George's Orphans' Court judges, as well as those in Baltimore County.

If approved by both a majority of voters in the affected counties and in the rest of the state, the law would require Orphans Court judges in those counties "to be admitted to practice law in this state and to be a member in good standing of the Maryland bar," according to the legislative language.