On Tuesday, November 3, national elections were held to elect the President of the United States, one-third of the U.S. Senate, and all 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives. In Maryland, two amendments to the state’s Constitution were on the ballot and both passed. For Baltimore City residents, the offices of Mayor, City Council President, Comptroller and the 14 members of the City Council were up for election along with several ballot questions, all of which passed.
Below is a summary of relevant races and ballot measures.
President of the United States
Joseph Biden currently sits at 290 Electoral College votes, needing only 270 to be elected President. He is also leading the popular vote by close to 5 million votes – 77,128,412 to 72,164,533. A recount of votes is scheduled in Georgia, a state that Biden currently leads. Similarly, North Carolina has been determined too close to call although Biden trails by roughly 73,000 votes.
In Maryland, Biden received 1,715,518 votes (64.4%) and Trump claimed 900,080 votes (33.8%).
Maryland Congressional Races (Greater Baltimore Region)
All of the incumbent Congressional representatives in the greater Baltimore region retained their seats:
- U.S. House District 1: Andy Harris
- U.S. House District 2: Dutch Ruppersberger
- U.S. House District 3: John Sarbanes
- U.S. House District 7: Kweisi Mfume
Maryland Ballot Questions
Legislature Budget Power: Passed
This amendment to the state Constitution provides the members of the Maryland General Assembly with increased power in adopting the state budget. Lawmakers currently can only approve or reduce funding appropriations in a Governor’s proposed budget. They are prohibited from moving funds from one budget category to another. With the approval of this amendment, lawmakers will have the power to increase, decrease or add items within the budget categories contained in the fiscal year budget as submitted to the General Assembly by the Governor. Such measures cannot exceed the total dollar amount of the proposed budget as originally submitted by the Governor. This measure will not take effect until the next Governor assumes office.
Sports Betting: Passed
This amendment to the state Constitution authorizes sports and events wagering at licensed facilities to help fund public education. The specific details of sports and events wagering are not addressed in the constitutional amendment and will be the subject of legislation in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session.
Baltimore City Races
- Mayor: Brandon Scott
- City Council President: Nick Mosby
- Baltimore City Comptroller: Bill Henry
- Baltimore City Council District 1: Zeke Cohen
- Baltimore City Council District 2: Danielle McCray
- Baltimore City Council District 3: Ryan Dorsey
- Baltimore City Council District 4: Mark Conway
- Baltimore City Council District 5: Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer
- Baltimore City Council District 6: Sharon Green Middleton
- Baltimore City Council District 7: James Torrence
- Baltimore City Council District 8: Kristerfer Burnett
- Baltimore City Council District 9: John T. Bullock
- Baltimore City Council District 10: Phylicia Porter
- Baltimore City Council District: 11: Eric Costello
- Baltimore City Council District 12: Robert Stokes Sr.
- Baltimore City Council District 13: Antonio Glover
- Baltimore City Council District 14: Odette Ramos
Baltimore City Charter Amendments
Baltimore City Question E — Charter Revision Commission: Passed
This amendment creates a Charter Review Commission to review the city’s charter and propose changes at least once every 10 years.
Baltimore City Question F — Ordinance of Estimates: Passed
This amendment allows the City Council to increase, decrease or move budget items funded within the Mayor’s proposed budget provided that the total general fund budget approved by the council does not increase the amount set by the Board of Estimates and submitted by the Mayor.
Baltimore City Question G — Vetoes: Passed
This amendment reduces the number of City Council votes required to override a mayoral veto from 12 to 10.
Baltimore City Question H — Veto Timing: Passed
This amendment closes a loophole that allowed the mayor to veto legislation without giving the City Council the opportunity to override it.
Baltimore City Question I — Removal of Elected Officials: Passed
This amendment allows the City Council to remove elected officials for incompetency, misconduct in office or willful neglect of duty after a public hearing before the council.
Baltimore City Question J — City Auditor: Passed
This amendment gives the City Auditor the power to subpoena documents from a city employee or entity accepting city funds.
Question K: City Administrator — Passed
This amendment creates a City Administrative Officer to carry out day-to-day government functions. The administrator would be hired and be accountable to the Mayor.