Many have dubbed the Maryland election of 2010 the most important in our lifetime. With the country in a dire financial state and the state of Maryland deprived of stability, one would find it hard to disagree on the elections significance. Running for Governor in the State of Maryland are the Democratic incumbent Martin O'Malley and former Governor Robert Ehrlich.
With heavily contested issues such as education, jobs, and how to spend taxpayer dollars, not to mention the differing opinions on civil rights, the back and forth between the parties is nothing short of tumultuous. In the first televised debate held on October 11th, the contentious attitudes of both candidates toward the other was clear in the body language and verbal responses to both the questions being proposed and each other. An even more glaring example of the relationship between the parties is the negative add campaigning being portrayed in the media.
For many voters, it is often easy to be distracted from the media spectacle that elections often time become. As responsible voters and citizens, it is more important than ever to try to see beyond this spectacle and really delve into the issues at hand. With so many resources available to self-educate (for instance, internet websites such as ontheissues.org, television coverage of debates, and periodicals such as, but not limited to The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and The Daily Record), citizens of this generation have more tools than ever to cultivate a true opinion. There are many matters of contention in the election of 2010 that affect many if not all Marylanders and the lives we are all accustomed to. Not only is it every citizen's right to make an educated and well-informed vote, it is their responsibility.
Written By Grant A. Posner, Esq.