Know before you go: Get answers about ballot questions before voting

Posted at 10:49 AM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 10:54:59-04

You may know who you are voting for in the upcoming election, but are you ready to answer questions on the ballot that could affect your daily life? 

Some ballot questions can be confusing and hard to understand, so several non-profits are putting on a voter forum Wednesday night to help.

“We wanted to make sure voters are as informed as possible because this year's electoral ballot has 11 ballot questions, which is a lot, and some of the ballot questions are worded kind of complicated and very complex. So it is important to have as much information as possible,” explained Cristi Demnowicz with Represent Maryland, a non-profit aiming to educate voters. 

Represent Maryland along with League of Women Voters, Baltimore Intercollegiate Alliance, and the NAACP Baltimore are hosting the event at the Fred Lazurus Center at MICA starting at 6:30 p.m. All of the organizations are non-partisan and say they do not get involved in candidate politics so they can report unbiased facts. 

Demnowicz says they will be talking about the 11 questions Baltimore City voters will see on their ballot as well as the two statewide questions all Maryland voters will see. City questions will include banning water privatization, bond issues, making the office of the inspector general independent, the fair election fund, and more. 

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The statewide questions will address Fix the Fund, which would put casino revenue in a lockbox so the money could only be used for education, and Election Day registration, which would allow people to register to vote exactly on Election Day.

Overall, Demnowicz says her goal is send people to the polls educated, 

“We want to give them a sense of feeling really confident when going to the polls, whether it is during early voting which starts tomorrow, or it is on Election Day which is on November 6, we want to make sure they know what they are doing when they answer questions."

If you are not able to make Wednesday night's meeting, you can watch a live stream of the even on their Facebook page by clicking here