Ballot Questions

There are 4 questions that will be on the general election ballot in Montgomery County this November:

Question 1 – Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 422 of the 2013 Legislative Session) Transportation Trust Fund – Use of Funds (Amending Article III by adding Section 53 of the Maryland Constitution). Limits the use of Transportation Trust Funds to the payment of principal and interest on transportation bonds and for constructing and maintaining an adequate highway system or any other transportation-related purpose. Also prohibits the transfer of Transportation Trust Funds into the General Fund or a special fund of the State, except for: (1) an allocation or use of highway user revenues for local governments or (2) a transfer of funds to the Maryland Transportation Authority or the Maryland Transportation Authority Fund. Transportation Trust Funds may be used for non-transportation related purposes or transferred to the general fund or a special fund only if the Governor declares a fiscal emergency and the General Assembly approves legislation, by a three-fifths vote of both houses, concurring with the use or transfer of funds.

Question 2 – Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 261 of the 2014 Legislative Session) Special Election to fill Vacancy in Office of Chief Executive Officer or County Executive. (Amendment Article XI-A, Section 3 and Article XVII, Section 2 of the Maryland Constitution). Authorizes charter counties to provide for special elections to fill a vacancy in the office of chief executive officer or county executive, and exempts a special election to fill a vacancy in the office of chief executive officer or county executive of a charter county from the constitutional requirement that elections for State and county officers be held on a specified four-year cycle. Under existing law, charter counties may only authorize special elections to fill vacancies on their county council.

Question A – Amend Sections 102, 104, 106, and 114 of the County Charter to clarify that a candidate for a district Council seat must reside in the district at the time of the primary and general elections; provide that a Councilmember elected by a district must reside in that district during the member’s entire term; provide that any change in the district boundaries during a district Councilmember’s term does not render the Councilmember ineligible to complete that term; clarify that any revised Council district boundaries apply in any special election held to fill a vacancy after the boundaries are amended; and clarify that if a vacancy occurs the Council appointee, or the candidate elected in a special election to fill the vacancy, must reside in the district as it exists when the vacancy occurs.

Unnumbered Question – Retaining Judge Kevin F. Arthur on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.