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Baltimore Fishbowl’s 2018 Primary Election live blog

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Welcome to Baltimore Fishbowl’s live blog of the primary elections! The day where Marylanders choose their political party’s candidate ahead of the November general election was not without its head-scratching drama, as machines didn’t work and polling places got shuffled around. Oh, and an estimated 80,000 people were affected by a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) computer glitch that failed to register changes in people’s address or party affiliation; those impacted by the snafu were told to cast provisional ballots.

Polls across the state are closing at 8 p.m., but here in Baltimore, some locations are staying open until 9 p.m. as a result of some of the aforementioned confusion.

We’re going to keep you updated on the latest results and, hopefully, provide some context and analysis as the returns roll in.

2018 Primary Election Day shenanigans: Broken machines, relocated polling places and more

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This morning’s primary election began with the news that 80,000 voters would have to cast provisional ballots after the Maryland State Board of Elections said it did not receive address changes from the Motor Vehicle Administration. That number was an increase from an initial estimate that the glitch would affect 18,700 voters. Yikes.

As with other vote-casting days, some people encountered long lines and other foul-ups, including confusion over the aforementioned provisional ballots. Here’s a roundup of what citizens and candidates are reporting on social media.

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Councilman Ryan Dorsey on eve of primary election: ‘Don’t vote for Marilyn Mosby’

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Councilman Ryan Dorsey, left (via Twitter) and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, via campaign website.

A day before the polls open for regular voting in this year’s primary election, the Baltimore City Council’s most progressive member has called on voters to reject the incumbent state’s attorney.

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D.C. and Maryland Act to Maintain Estate Tax Limits

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Estate Tax Limits

Sponsored content – The Republican Party has long decried the “death tax,” also known as the estate tax, as unfair double taxation on the lifetime earnings of an individual. Though the estate tax has been regularly increased since 2000, it has continued to be a regular target of Republican legislators. With the election of Donald Trump and the retention of House and Senate majorities by Republicans, they seized the opportunity to, if not eliminate the estate tax, seriously limit its applicability.

J.D. Merrill responds to City College grads saying he discouraged anti-O’Malley protest, sought to boost white recruitment

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Image via J.D. Merrill for State Senate/Facebook

A group of recent grads from Baltimore’s prestigious City College High School are taking their former teacher, J.D. Merrill, to task in his campaign for the 41st District Senate seat. In an op-ed published in the Afro this morning, four alumni say he discouraged students from protesting his father-in-law, ex-Gov. Martin O’Malley, and actively recruited white private school pupils to the predominantly black magnet school when he taught there.

Gov. Hogan Signs One Of The Most Comprehensive Gun Violence Bills Into Law

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Gun Violence Bills Signed into Law

Sponsored content – Gov. Hogan signed a host of bills into law in April that change the way guns and ammunition are governed in the state. The package of bills is one of the most comprehensive to be signed into law of any state in the country.

Part of the legislation includes a ban in the state on bump stocks and any other device that permits semi-automatic fire. Another bill in the package increases the ability of law enforcement officers to confiscate guns from people who have been labeled as an extreme risk. This is now known as the “red flag” law.

States across the country have expressed support for this type of legislation but Maryland becomes one of the first states in the country to act on it following the shootings in Las Vegas and in Parkland, Florida. 

As Democratic field promises to revisit Red Line, advocates have reason for optimism

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A Red Line Station (rendering)

With the release earlier this week of Rushern Baker’s transportation plan, the Prince George’s County executive joined the crowded field of Democratic candidates running for governor in calling for the revival of the Red Line, the east-west light rail line that was cancelled in the early days of Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration.

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