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Baltimore voting for mayor, council

Baltimore Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to coast to a re-election victory in the heavily Democratic city.

Rawlings-Blake assumed her post last year after her predecessor stepped down amid scandal. Her challengers in Tuesday’s election include Republican Alfred Griffin III and write-in candidate Armand Girard, who is also a Republican.

Rawlings-Blake planned to visit four polling places and to hold an evening celebration at a Mexican restaurant.

Voters are also casting ballots for their city council members and president. And they are weighing in on two ballot questions: whether to establish a fund to maintain school facilities and whether to lower the age requirement for city council members from 21 to 18.

By midmorning, about 1 percent of registered voters had cast ballots.