Unofficial results from the Maryland election point toward both statewide ballot questions passing by comfortable margins.
The two ballot questions, posed to Marylanders in this election as Constitutional Amendments, ultimately deal with fiscal matters – and both appear headed toward passage.
Question 1 – Changing the Maryland State budget process
This amendment will, beginning with budgets cast after the next state election, grant the General Assembly more authority in the creation of each year’s operating budget. Voters have endorsed this measure by a margin of roughly 3:1.
For more on Question One, revisit the Conduit Street podcast from October 19, where your hosts dig in with a long time advocate of the measure:
Question 2 – Sports Wagering to Support Education
The second ballot question – requiring a constitutional amendment because of specific language in a prior amendment regarding gaming – would authorize in-state sports wagering. Voters endorsed this measure by roughly 2:1.
An implementation bill to determine the locations and exact process for Marylanders to bet on sports legally will be debated in the General Assembly this session, now that the Constitutional provision has been approved.
Read further coverage of the ballot questions in the Baltimore Sun.