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Election Day 2012 dispatches from across the region

Election Day 2012 dispatches from across the region

SILVER SPRING | Officer causes stir at polling place Updated: 7:56 p.m.

A young police officer in Montgomery County caused a stir on Tuesday after allegedly urging those in line at a polling station in Silver Spring to cast votes against a local referendum impacting police union negotiating rights, according to the Fraternal Order of Police, election officials and civil liberties advocates.

The officer was allegedly in uniform and talking to people in restricted electioneering areas, both of which are prohibited. (State law prohibits electioneering on election day within 100 feet of the entrance or exit of a polling station.)

"That was the one fumble we...

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