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.
- Election officials are expecting a big turnout for early voting, Luke Broadwater reports in the Sun.
- A coalition of local, predominantly African-American churches are organizing a get-out-the-vote push in Anne Arundel County, writes Amanda Yeager in the Capital. Leaders from several churches gathered Wednesday to announce the “Souls to the Polls” initiative, which will see more than 30 churches countywide encourage congregants to head to the polls on Sunday after service.
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 MarylandReporter.com. 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.