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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It's the last day for early voting in Maryland.

Thursday is the last day voters in the state can cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Early voting polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any person who is eligible to register to vote can vote early.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland. There are about 2.1 million registered Democrats and 1 million Republicans. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to win easily in the state.

Maryland analyst says lawmakers need to 'get real' on budget

Oct 26, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers who steer state spending need to "get real" about addressing shortfalls, the legislature's chief budget analyst said Tuesday, warning that the state appears to be in a period of sluggish economic growth with no major lift in sight.

Settlement eludes lawyers in O'Donnell campaign finance case

Oct 24, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for the Federal Election Commission say former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and her campaign committee have withdrawn a settlement offer under which they would pay a $10,000 penalty for violating campaign finance laws.

In a court filing last week, the FEC said O'Donnell's attorneys have instead submitted a new, final offer, and that the previously proposed terms are no longer on the table.

O'Donnell's attorneys also are requesting a jury trial to determine a remedy if there is no settlement.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to endorse Dr. Mark Plaster, who is running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The two Republicans plan to take a tour of downtown Annapolis on Tuesday morning.

They plan to visit businesses on Main Street and near the City Dock.

Plaster is a physician, lawyer and small-business owner. He started a modest publishing company with his wife about 30 years ago. His campaign says it's become an international medical publishing company.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Public Integrity Commission is revising instructions for the financial disclosures required of state officials and political candidates amid confusion among several candidates in this year's campaign about the reporting requirements.

The changes come in response to an Associated Press review of the disclosures submitted by candidates running for governor, lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner.

The AP's review found that several candidates, including some veteran politicians, had not properly reported assets and sources of income.

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — Former Maryland Del. B. Daniel Riley has died. He was 70.

Wayne Debree, who is a cousin to Riley's wife Linda, said Riley died Wednesday evening.

Riley was a Democrat who represented Harford County from 1999 to 2003. His district included parts of Cecil and Harford counties from 2007 to 2011. He lived in Edgewood.

Riley worked as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Magnolia Middle School. He also served on a citizen advisory commission formed in 1993 to explore alternative methods for disposing of mustard gas at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are trying to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's latest effort to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

Top Republican lawmakers say in a contempt motion filed Wednesday that McAuliffe is violating the Virginia Supreme Court's order that he restore the rights on a case-by-case basis.

The court in July invalidated McAuliffe's sweeping executive order to restore the rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, who was elected in 2012 after promising to get tough on criminals, says his violence-ridden city can't arrest its way out of its crime problem.

Williams, who campaigned four years against a "hug a thug" approach to crime, said in a Democratic primary debate Wednesday that arresting more people won't solve Wilmington's crime problem, which he suggested was rooted in poverty.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show Wilmington's mayor trailing opponents in fundraising ahead of the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

Mike Purzycki, head of the Riverfront Development Corporation, reported raising more than $176,000 since January.

Incumbent Dennis Williams raised just over $17,000, less than one-tenth of Purzycki's haul.

Williams' campaign treasurer Ed Osborne suggested Tuesday that much of Purzycki's money comes from Republicans, who can't vote in the Democratic primary.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia Republican congressman Scott Rigell (RIH'-jel) says he'll vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson for president rather than for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Rigell announced the endorsement in an interview Friday with The New York Times. He said in March he would not vote for Trump, telling fellow Republicans in a letter that Trump's judgment, temperament and character point to "a reckless, embarrassing and ultimately dangerous presidency."