Thursday, November 8, 2012
Annapolis' voter turnout was less than the statewide average, but about even with the national percentage.
Annapolis voters chose Barack Obama as the country's next president by 55.9 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections. Obama carried Annapolis by a smaller margin than Maryland, where the president won 61.5 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Maryland Board of Elections. The results showed voter turnout in Anne Arundel County was 69.17 percent—which is about even with turnout statewide of 69.04 percent. Annapolis' turnout fell below state averages with 53.43 percent of registered voters showing up, but it was on par with the 55 percent national voter turnout recorded for the 2012 elections. Anne Arundel County's Board of Elections recorded the highest …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A photo of the first couple on a board about a marriage seminar appeared to some Annapolis voters as subtle electioneering against same-sex marriage.
Election judges at an Annapolis polling place removed a photo that appeared to imply that President Barack Obama advocated against same-sex marriage on Tuesday. The picture, which appeared to be of the president and first lady Michelle Obama on their wedding day, was stapled to a bulletin board about "the art of marriage" that gets "to the heart of God's design." Maryland voters will decide Question 6 on Tuesday—a yes vote would keep a law passed in February legalizing same-sex marriages. Obama endorsed Maryland's law in October—five months after he came out in support of gay marriage generally, according to The Huffington Post. The bulletin board does not mention same-sex marriage or the referendum. It advertises those who have …
Lines often stretched outside of polling locations as voters huddled together in the chilly November air.
A steady stream of voters flowed through polling places around Annapolis with wait times averaging around 45 minutes on Tuesday. "Usually we get a good crowd at the beginning of the day, and then it slows down and picks back up at the usual times like lunch time and when people get off work," said Bob Bruce, an election judge at the Annapolis Area Library. "[This year] it seems steadier through the day." He and Joe Nasatka, an election judge at the Eastport Community Center, agreed that while most people came prepared for the six-page ballot, it was still taking longer than usual to get through. "Oh, it's incredibly longer because we've got so many questions to answer at the end," Nasatka said. "We could have used two more voting machines…
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
It's important to know where you need to be when planning out your election day. Patch has rounded up all of Annapolis's voting precincts. Don't know which is yours? Use the Maryland State Board of Election's website to determine where you should be on Tuesday. You'll just need your zip code, street number and street name. Here are all the precincts in Annapolis, divided by zip code. The polls open at 7 a.m. 21401 21403 When you arrive at your polling location, simply provide your name and address to the election officials, and they will set you up with a booth. The results from Election Day will begin being released after the polls close at 8 p.m. Patch will provide coverage of the results and the winners throughout the night. Patch has…
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.
No. 1—Navy, Naval Academy Celebrates Their Birthdays Annapolis will celebrate the 167th birthday of the U.S. Naval Academy and the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy with four days worth of events and birthday specials. No. 2—Annapolis Man Sentenced for Child Porn Possession A U.S. District Judge sentenced David Gould, age 59, of Annapolis, to three years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for possession of child pornography on Friday. Gould pleaded guilty after a search of his home and storage unit in February turned up at least 29 videos and more than 600 images of minors younger than 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. No. 3—Suspicious Package Turns Out To Be Retail Security Tag The suspicious package that …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
City officials and Annapolis police officers met with residents for two hours on Tuesday night to talk about the Eastport Community Center.
City officials and about 100 residents spent more than two hours on Tuesday night exchanging facts, opinions and concerns about whether the Eastport Community Center is safe. In September, two men were shot near the community center; and in June, Orlando Sherman McDaniel, 29, of Annapolis died as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered nearby. No arrests have been made in either case. After the double shooting, a group of area residents, led by Steven Conn, started raising concerns with city officials about whether the center—which is a polling location—is a safe place for people to go on Election Day. Mayor Josh Cohen told Patch he thinks the location is secure, and he, along with Aldermen Kenneth Kirby (D-6th Ward) and Ross Arnett (D-8th …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
City officials are hopeful that Tuesday night's meeting about the Eastport Community Center will assuage residents' concerns about going to vote there on Nov. 6.
City officials have called a meeting to re-assure residents that the Eastport Community Center is safe after residents raised concerns in the wake of violent incidents. "The decision to hold [the meeting] at the community center was intentional because the community center is safe," Mayor Josh Cohen said. The meeting is in response to a series of complaints made by Ward 6 residents who believe the center is not a safe location for them to vote on Nov. 6. In September, two men were shot near the community center; and in June, Orlando Sherman McDaniel, 29, of Annapolis died as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered in the 1100 block of Madison Street, which is nearby. No arrests have been made in either case, but police believe the September…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Residents and city officials will meet Oct. 9 to discuss solutions to the fears people have raised about whether it's safe to vote at the Eastport Community Center.
City officials are inviting residents who vote at the Eastport Community Center to a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss any concerns about its safety. The meeting is in response to a series of complaints made by Ward 6 residents who believe the center is not a safe location for them to vote. In September, two men were shot near the community center; and in June, Orlando Sherman McDaniel, 29, of Annapolis died as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered in the 1100 block of Madison Street, which is nearby. No arrests have been made in either case, but police believe the September shooting was not a random event, and said they are hopeful about making an arrest. Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen, Alderman Kenneth Kirby (D-6th Ward) and Alderman …