'This is the way all political races should end': In Howard County, Ball, Kittleman embrace on election night

Two candidates in the Howard County executive race put aside politics on election night and engaged in a rare embrace after a winner had been called. For months, incumbent Allan Kittleman, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Calvin Ball, campaigned in the swing jurisdiction, which has had an equal number of Democrats and Republicans as county executives since 1990. When it became clear that Kittleman had lost his campaign for re-election, the Republican traveled with his family to Ball’s election night party and conceded in person, with a hug. (Ho. Co. Times)

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‘It won’t ever happen again’: What officials learned from Prince George’s Co. ballot shortage

Elections officials in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are admitting that more than a dozen polling sites in the county saw long delays Tuesday for voters because they were stocked with too few ballots. Alisha Alexander, elections administrator for Prince George’s County, said the math used to determine how many ballots the county’s 274 voting sites should be stocked with was based on voter turnout at precincts during previous elections, with the high turnout seen in the presidential election, used as a foundation for calculating those numbers. (WTOP)

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Despite statewide results, Republican vote strong again in Washington County

Despite some statewide and national races favoring Democratic incumbents, Republicans in Washington County asserted their voting power in just about every local race on Tuesday. Democrat Doug Mullendore's re-election as county sheriff was the only contested partisan race that didn't have a GOP candidate topping the list of results. More than 50 percent of county voters hit the polls. "The Republican Party is alive and well in Washington County," Jerry DeWolf, chairman of the county's Republican Central Committee, said Wednesday. "We're very excited about the turnout and our grassroots support." (Herald-Mail)

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Corderman 'confident' in victory over Perini in legislative District 2B

As the last unofficial vote counts were posted late Tuesday night, Del. Paul Corderman, R-Washington, had a 672-vote lead over his challenger, Democratic Central Committee member Peter Perini, in legislative District 2B. But with more than 1,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, Perini wasn't totally out of the picture. Nevertheless, Corderman was optimistic. "I'm feeling pretty good," he said just after midnight. "We're feeling pretty confident right now." While acknowledging there were more absentee votes than the margin of his lead, Corderman said he expects the absentee ballots to reflect the Election Day results. (Herald-Mail)

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Baltimore County Executive Elect, ‘Johnny O’ Olszewski Jr. Says He’ll Prioritize Education

“Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. wins Baltimore County executive, and there’s no need for a recount this time. After barely squeaking through the primary in June, he won Tuesday night. Olszewski beat challenger Al Redmer Jr. 56.9 percent to 43 percent, with a total of 158,765 votes in comparison to Redmer’s 119,856 votes. Olszewski was out thanking voters Wednesday, but also said it’s time to get to work. In his acceptance speech Tuesday night, he promised transparent government, and said he will prioritize education. (WJZ-CBS)

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November 7 // Maria Oesterreicher becomes Carroll County's first female Circuit Court judge

Maria Oesterreicher made history Tuesday, becoming the first female Circuit Court judge in Carroll County history, defeating sitting Judge Richard Titus. Oesterreicher received 31,744 votes, approximately 53 percent, to top Titus, who was appointed to the bench in 2016. Titus received 6,528 votes, or 46.6 percent. “I'm so grateful to the voters of Carroll County for their faith in me and their confidence that one vote can make a difference. Together, we made history tonight. I look forward to serving the citizens of Carroll County as the first female Circuit Court Judge in our county's history,” Oesterreicher said in a statement sent by email. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore voters back independent inspector general, $160 million in bonds, other ballot questions

Baltimore voters on Tuesday supported the establishment of an independent inspector general’s office to investigate allegations of waste and corruption in City Hall, one of several changes to the way the city is run that were poised to win approval. In addition to two statewide questions to amend Maryland’s constitution, Baltimore voters were tasked with deciding five proposed amendments to the city’s charter and four bond issues of $160 million. With 97 percent of city precincts reporting shortly after midnight, all of the questions were being widely supported. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County voters approve school spending, charter changes in ballot questions

Baltimore County voters approved several changes on Tuesday to the way county government operates, and also spending initiatives totaling more than $490 million — all part of a package of questions on the general election ballot. Several ballot questions dealt with gaining approval to authorize the county to borrow money for infrastructure projects, the biggest being more than $335 million for schools, including land acquisition, construction, renovations and modernizations. (Balt. Sun)

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