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Montgomery County’s three ballot questions all passed during the Nov. 6 election and will soon change how county police bargain, how the county hires the disabled and the sale of alcohol in Damascus, according to complete but unofficial election results.

Question A asked voters if they wanted to amend the county charter and give the county the ability to recruit and hire qualified individuals with severe physical and mental disabilities on a noncompetitive basis.

Voters overwhelmingly said yes. More than 80.3 percent of voters supported Question A, whie only about 19.6 percent voted against the measure.

County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg proposed the referendum and said he was happy to see it so well supported by voters.

In a much closer race, voters also supported Question B. Question B asked voters to affirm a 2011 bill that changed the way Montgomery County Police union bargains effects of management decisions. About 58.4 percent of voters said “yes” to Question B, while 41.6 percent said “no.”

Also passing was Question C, a referendum that asked voters in Damascus if they wanted to repeal the prohibition on wine and beer licenses for hotels or restaurants in Damascus, the county’s last dry town. More than 66 percent of Damascus voters supported alcohol coming to town.

The unofficial results released on election night contain only those votes cast on voting machines during early voting and in the polling place on Election Day. Absentee and provisional ballots are currently being counted by the Board of Elections. Official statewide results will be certified Dec. 11.

kalexander@gazette.net