Maryland passes ballot questions 6, 7 and Dream Act
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland voters have passed all three key ballot measures, allowing the expansion of gambling, same-sex marriages, and illegal immigrants the ability to pay in-state tuition at public colleges.
The vote for Question 6, 7 and the Dream Act on Tuesday came after the most expensive political advertising campaign in Maryland's history. More than $90 million was spent on television and radio ads.
Maryland is the first state in the nation to approve the state's version of the Dream Act by popular vote.
Now, illegal immigrants can pay in-state rates if they attend a Maryland high school for three years and they or their parents can show they filed state income taxes during that time.
On a separate ballot question, Maryland voters also approved the state's congressional redistricting map.
It had been petitioned to the ballot by opponents who said it had been gerrymandered to favor Democrats.
On the Dream Act, students would also have to state their intention to apply for permanent residency and register with the selective service, if they are required to do so.
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