O'Malley: He lives in Annapolis but votes in Baltimore
The Governor no longer lives or owns a home in Baltimore, but he still votes there. His election day schedule lists a noon stopover to vote at Ray of Hope Baptist Church, near his old house in Northeast Baltimore. You know, the house he sold a year and a half ago.
But apparently that's A-OK.
The state's highest court ruled two years ago that Marylanders must vote in the precinct or ward in which they "reside." But according to the Attorney General's Office, the Governor doesn't reside in that big, stately mansion in Annapolis, where he lives, eats his meals and tucks his children into bed at night.
"Baltimore City is his domicile," said Sandy Brantley, an assistant attorney general and counsel to the State Board of Elections. "You have a domicile until you establish another one elsewhere ... The fact that the Constitution requires him to live in Annapolis does not make that his fixed, permanent home."
Brantley said it all comes down to intent. What does the Governor intend to be his domicile?
According to election records, it's his former home in Baltimore, which he sold in Aug. 2007. And just so you know, I intend to live in a picturesque, ranch on Gibson Island. But something tells me my vote won't count there.
For more detail on the election law and the issue of "domiciles," go to: www.oag.state.md.us/Press/2008/092608b.htm