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In the final hours before polls open for Election Day, advocates on both sides of the key ballot questions were making their last-ditch appeals to the public.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality held two news conferences, supporters of expanding gambling in Maryland spoke outside Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Baltimore and Dream Act supporters staged a news conference and a rally.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) stumped in Baltimore and College Park for Questions 6 and 7, same-sex marriage and expanded gambling, at three events.

Some of the same people —as well as those working to defeat the ballot proposals — will be out in force at polls across the state, looking to convince voters as they walk in to fill out their ballots.

About 600 volunteers with Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to pass the Maryland Dream Act — which allows some undocumented Maryland students to pay in-state tuition at the state’s public institutions of higher learning — will be at 156 polls, concentrating on Baltimore city and Prince George’s County, said spokeswoman Kristin Ford.

“It’s really just a last-minute reminder to people that voting for Question 4 is voting for the Maryland Dream Act,” Ford said, noting that ballot language is often confusing and that Question 4 does not use the term “Dream Act.”

For the most part, opponents of the big ballot questions did not hold large rallies Monday, but spent time organizing their ground game for Election Day.

“Sometimes people still have questions, and we’ll be there to answer them,” said Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Dist. 7) of Middle River, who spent his day Monday visiting the 30 polling places in his district, where he will have 100 volunteers who oppose the Dream Act.

“You’ve just got to get all your materials out and your people in order. That’s the grassroots thing we’ve got going on.”

hnunn@gazette.net