Maryland elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Maryland held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (8 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate Defeatedd N/A
State House Defeatedd
Ballot measures (7 measures) Approveda -

2012 Elections

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Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Maryland, 2012
U.S. Senate, Maryland General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin Incumbent 56% 1,474,028
     Republican Dan Bongino 26.3% 693,291
     Libertarian Dean Ahmad 1.2% 32,252
     Independent Rob Sobhani 16.4% 430,934
     Democratic Lih Young (Write-in) 0% 163
     Republican Mary Podlesak (Write-in) 0% 21
     Independent Brandy Baker 0% 151
     Independent Ed Tinus 0% 48
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 2,346
Total Votes 2,633,234
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "U.S. Senator"
See also: Maryland 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Judicial reform Prescribes different qualifications for judges of the Orphans' Court for Prince George's County Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Judicial reform Prescribes different qualifications for judges of the Orphans' Court for Baltimore County Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Law Specifies condition under which and elected official convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors is to be removed form office Approveda
VR Question 4 Education Would approve legislation that guarantees in-state tuition to illegal immigrants Approveda
VR Question 5 Redistricting Would approve Maryland's congressional redistricting plan passed in October 2011. Approveda
VR Question 6 Marriage Would approve a law that allows same-sex couples to obtain a civil marriage license. Approveda
LRSS Question 7 Gambling Allows the construction of a new casino in Prince George's County. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Maryland was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by March 13, 2012, which was 21 days before the primary took place. Parties could have chosen to have open primaries, but both Democrats and Republicans chose not to. If a voter did not choose a party, he or she was recorded as "unaffiliated" and was only permitted to vote in the primary election if a party chose to open its primary.(Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 21 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 16.[1]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Maryland. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[3]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least seven days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked on or before Election Day if submitted by mail. Ballots can also be returned in person until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Maryland is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins on the second Thursday prior to Election Day and ends on the Thursday before the election.[4]

See also