Cumberland Times-News

November 5, 2012

Vote today

It’s up to you to decide many vital ballot issues


Cumberland Times-News

— Casting a vote on Election Day is not only a privilege and a right — it is a duty that none of us should take lightly.

Choosing a president for the next four years is an onerous responsibility. Additionally, the various state ballots feature a list of candidates for state and local offices. Most, like Maryland this year, also have a number of referendum items to be decided.

Not in recent memory have Marylanders been confronted with so many controversial and important referendum decisions. Free state voters will decide on in-state college tuition for some undocumented immigrants (the DREAM Act), same-sex marriage, gaming expansion and the boundaries for Congressional districts. There also three constitutional amendments to be voted on.

Too many times voter turnout in Maryland and across the nation is a disappointment. With early voting options now offered before Election Day, absentee ballot availability and lengthy polling hours on Election Day itself, registered voters have scant excuse for not casting a ballot.

Maryland and Pennsylvania polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. West Virginia polling hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Vote today — your ballot really does count.