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City Offers Education Session on Ballot Questions

An informational meeting on 20 ballot questions facing Annapolis voters this November will be held at City Hall on Wednesday evening.

City Offers Education Session on Ballot Questions

The city will host an in-depth look at November's six-page ballot and how each of the 20 ballot questions affect residents on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers.

"I looked at my own ballot, and I thought something needs to be done to ensure people understand what all this means," said Alderwoman Shelia Finlayson (D-4th Ward), who organized the event.

The two-hour discussion will include input from both Republicans and Democrats from the city, county and state. 

In November, Anne Arundel County Council approved 15 county charter amendments that residents will have to vote on this November in order for them to be approved. Maryland also has five questions of its own on the ballot about gay marriage, gambling, redistricting, removal of legislators and the Dream Act.

County Councilman Chris Trumbauer will be on hand to help walk citizens through the 15 issues on the ballot for Anne Arundel County.

Finlayson said the goal is to help prepare residents for the upcoming election by making them familiar with the ballot questions before they arrive at the polls. 

She said people will also be given a handout with a brief summary of each ballot question. They can mark up that paper with their thoughts and take it with them to the polls as "a cheat sheet" on Election Day. 

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