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Maryland voters are set to go to the polls today to cast their ballots in primaries across the state.

Voting precincts open at 7 a.m. in Maryland and will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Topping the ballot are the primary races for governor.

On the Democratic side Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has been leading in the polls against rivals Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Washington Post has endorsed Larry Hogan in the Republican primary for governor.

The newspaper on Wednesday (http://wapo.st/1noggVI ) wrote that Hogan is the "most likely to offer voters a plausible alternative." It did not express much enthusiasm for the race in general, referring to "the lackluster Democratic contest" and describing the GOP primary as "a low-key affair."

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It could become a bit easier to vote in the state of Delaware.

A measure to allow Delawareans to register to vote when they arrive at the polls on Election Day got the approval of a Senate legislative panel in Dover.

It now goes to the state Senate.

The legislation got House approval last month by a vote of 24-to-15.

Right now, after the fourth Saturday before the election Delaware residents cannot register to vote.

Under the measure voters will be able to register with a valid government issued identification or other accept proof of ID.

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The Alma Colburn, the estranged wife of state Senator Richard Colburn, may have been urged to consider a run against her husband in November’s election.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that court documents it has obtain show there was a discussion during their divorce proceedings about a telephone poll that asked potential voters what they thought of the newspaper coverage of their divorce proceedings.  

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Voters are headed to the polls in Middletown after wintry weather delayed the town council election earlier this month.

Polls are open Monday between noon and 8 p.m. at the town hall council chambers.

The March 3 election was postponed for three weeks after Gov. Jack Markell declared a state of emergency during a snowstorm.

Four candidates are running for three spots on council. Vice-mayor James Reynolds and council members Robin Burgess and Robert McGhee are seeking re-election. Richard Catterton is also seeking a seat.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - After a count of absentee ballots, Republican challenger Mike Pantelides has kept a narrow lead in the Annapolis mayoral race. But officials must still count provisional ballots.

The Capital reports that the Board of Canvassers counted 270 absentee ballots early Friday, cutting Pantelides' lead to 50 votes over Democratic incumbent Mayor Josh Cohen, 3,897 to 3,847. The counts came after a more than 17-hour session in which the board reviewed absentee ballots and heard challenges.

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Virginia (AP)- The door is open for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain their right to vote.

The state outlined the steps Monday each will have to take to cast a ballot in future elections. An estimated 100,000 disenfranchised felons are eligible.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the mass restoration of voting and other civil rights in May. He said his administration's goal is to restore as many felons' rights as possible through the end of his administration.

The task, however, will not be an easy one.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Voters in Easton have returned three incumbents to their seats on the town council.

Council President John Ford, Ward 2 Councilman Pete Lesher and Ward 4 Councilwoman Megan Cook will serve four more years after Tuesday's election.

About 318 voters cast ballots. Ford says the lack of candidates may have contributed to the low turnout. Ford and Lesher ran unopposed and Cook had one challenger, Andre Gibson Sr.

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