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Bill Henry
Voters to consider special elections for mayor, county executives

This election, Maryland voters are being asked to consider something fundamental to democracy: elections. Voters statewide will decide whether to approve an amendment to the Maryland Constitution that would allow local governments to hold a special election when there is a vacancy in the Baltimore mayor's office or a county executive's seat. Such special elections would still need to be established through local laws in each jurisdiction, but the amendment would give the city and county councils the power to authorize them. "It's a pro-democracy proposition," says state Sen. Jamie Raskin, the Montgomery County Democrat who sponsored the measure. "When we...