State Roundup, October 27, 2016

EARLY VOTING BEGINS: There is no excuse for not voting. Same day voter registration is allowed with proof of residence. Voters can vote from today until Thursday Nov. 3. Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Saturday and Sunday, the lightest voting days.

SENATE DEBATE: The only TV debate between the two major party candidates for U.S. Senate Wednesday night was what campaign debates used to be in the good old days before 2015, writes Len Lazarick in In an hour of crisp questioning, Republican Kathy Szeliga, minority whip of the House of Delegates from Baltimore County, and Democrat Chris Van Hollen, a seven-term congressman from Montgomery County, discussed a dozen different issues without rancor, interruptions or personal insults.