Chances are, nobody will “forget” to vote. We’ve been bombarded by campaign ads for so long now that it’s almost surreal that the election is finally upon us. For many of us, whether we are voting for the incumbent President Barack Obama, for the challenger Mitt Romney, or for a third-party candidate such as Libertarian Gary Johnson, our minds are made up. It’s just a matter of getting to the polls.
The Baltimore Guide urges everyone to do so, no matter who they are voting for. Voting is one of the most powerful opportunities that normal citizens have to make sure that their interests are being properly represented by our leadership.
If citizens don’t vote, they not only let themselves down, they let the country down by being absentee bosses and failing to give our leaders their marching orders.
It’s not only a national election—there are state questions on the ballot that could very well affect citizens personally.
Will Maryland give same-sex couples the right to enter into civil marriage?
Will the state open up to extended gambling, and future casinos?
Only voters can answer these questions.
On the local level, voters will be asked to approve or deny nine bond issues, a grand total of up to $100 million. That’s a lot of power.
Furthermore, there are four amendments that ask voters to change the City Charter. Only voters can decide to move city elections to 2016 and then every four years after that. Only voters can approve the creation of a new utility for stormwater, and the financing measures that go along with it. Only voters can decide whether to open up city boards to third-party members, or to keep a minimum number of Republicans on board. Lastly, voters will be asked to decide whether city departments should be audited every four years, minimum.
It’s up to you.