Ballot Issues 2022
In addition to the candidates running for office, voters will get to vote on several measures, some of which are state constitutional amendments, and others were laws passed that some seek to overturn by referendum of the voters. As stated on the State Board of Elections website:
"There are five Constitutional Amendments that will appear statewide on the November 8, 2022 general election ballots. There is one local referendum, passed by the General Assembly, that will appear on the ballots in Montgomery county. The Secretary of State is responsible for preparing and certifying the statewide ballot question language. A non-techinical summary of the statewide questions is provided by the Department of Legislative Services. Additionally, these local ballot questions will appear in certain counties (PDF)."
You can see the approved text of all amendments by using the links above.
The most publicized amendment is the one legalizing the use of cannabis by individuals 21 or older, effective July 1, 2023. Please note that the General Assembly has put in place regulations regarding the manufacture and production of cannabis that are intended to assure diversity.
Local Ballot Issues
Ballot issues proposed for specific counties include authorizing the county/city to issue bonds for certain purposes (e.g. affordable housing and school construction in Baltimore City) , setting term limits on elected officials (Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, etc.), or amending the county charter to use gender neutral language.(Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties)..
In Howard County, citizens petitioned to repeal the county ordinance that:
Prohibits the County from discriminating agains people on the basis of their nationality, citizenship or immigration status, and
Limits police cooperation with federal imigration agencies, and prohibits them from asking people about their citizenship, nationality or immigration status.
UULM-MD is committed to upholding this local ordinance and is asking Howard County residents to opposed the referendum.