May we recommend upstairs at Harry Browne's?
Under state law, Maryland's 10 presidential electors "shall meet in the State House in the City of Annapolis" after the popular election to formally vote on the state's choice for president and vice president.
Problem is, the 228-year old State House is closed for renovations and likely will be on December 15, when electors must vote under federal law.
Lest Maryland turn into Florida 2004, state Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone asked the attorney general's office for advice on how to negotiate this hurdle.
Assistant Attorney General Sandra B. Brantley, in a Sep. 22 letter, assured Lamone that the electors could meet "in another location in Annapolis," such as the Legislative Services Building.
Brantley said Gov. Martin O'Malley should, "in consultation with legislative leadership," determine the location. Brantley goes on to recommend "that the public be given sufficient notice of the alternative location."
When that happens, we will let you know, because if you have read this far, you might as well show up. Harry Browne's may not be the best idea, we acknowledge. Feel free to include your own suggestions below.
For those interested, here's a primer on the state electoral process.
-- Gadi Dechter