NEWS

April 6, 2020

7th District Election day:  Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

This election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Elijah Cummings will be a mail-in election only. Absentee ballots will be sent to all 7th district voters who are eligible to vote in this election.

Ballots are expected to be mailed out beginning in late March.

When completing the absentee ballot from the state, please be sure sign the oath, which will be on the envelope. Depending on when they are received, ballots without signatures may not be able to be counted.

Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020.

Deadline for Voter Registration: April 24, 2020

  • Individuals who register by April 21 can receive their ballots by mail, along with a postage-paid envelope.
  • Individuals who register on April 22, 23 or 24 will need to receive their ballots electronically. The ballots will then need to be printed, filled out, and returned to the Board of Elections. The voter will be responsible for providing the envelope and paying the postage.
Our complete election update is available at https://www.lwvbaltimore.org/presidentiall_primary_june_2_2020.
March 25, 2020

COVID-19 and the Upcoming Elections

The schedules for Maryland’s spring elections have been changed due to the ongoing pandemic. For ongoing information about both elections, please see the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. It's a good way to vote if you prefer not to go to an early voting center or to your polling place. Information on absentee ballots is given below. For additional  facts on this process, please see the Q&A section on absentee ballots on the Board of Elections’ website.

Special General Election, Congressional District 7

Election day:  Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

This election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Elijah Cummings will be a mail-in election only. Absentee ballots will be sent to all 7th district voters who are eligible to vote in this election. Ballots are expected to be mailed out beginning in late March.

When completing the absentee ballot from the state, please be sure sign the oath, which will be on the envelope. Depending on when they are received, ballots without signatures may not be able to be counted.

Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020.

Deadlines for Voter Registration:

  • By Mail: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • In-Person: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Online: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

Presidential Primary Election

  • Election Day: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  • Early Voting: Thursday, May 21 through Thursday, May 28, 2020

The primary election has been delayed. It is still planned as an in-person election, but mail-in ballots (absentee ballots) are also allowed. Additional details are expected on April 3.

Deadlines for Voter Registration:

  • By Mail: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
  • In-Person: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (plus same-day registration at the polls on June 2)
  • Online: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Deadlines for Mail-in Voting (Absentee Ballots):

  • Requests by mail for absentee ballots: May 26, 2020
  • Electronic requests for absentee ballots: May 29, 2020
  • Return postmark on voted ballots:  June 2, 2020

More on Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots may be requested as follows:

  • Request one online (requires Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card).
  • Download and print an application if you do not have one of the above IDs. 
  • Go to the Baltimore County Board of Elections if you don’t have a cell phone or computer access.

After you receive your absentee ballot:

  • Read the directions carefully.
  • Complete your ballot and place it in the return envelope.
  • Sign the oath on the envelope.
  • Depending on when they are received, ballots without signatures may not be able to be counted.
  • Return your ballot.

Options for returning your absentee ballot:

  • Mail your voted ballot to the address that comes with it. Ballots must be postmarked by June 2.
  • Deliver your voted ballot by hand to the Baltimore County Board of Elections (11112 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley) by 8 pm on Election Day.
  • Take your voted ballot to an early voting center or to the polls by the time the polls close on Election Day.
March 19, 2020

Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot by mail in the primary election may do so. Submit a request online by visiting https://www.elections.maryland.gov and clicking the ‘Request a Ballot’ box or obtaining a request form from elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html.”

March 18, 2020

Statement by Board of Elections updating election changes.

Annapolis, MD - March 18, 2020 - The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) released the following statement yesterday in response to Governor Larry Hogan’s proclamation delaying the 2020 Primary Election and requiring vote-by-mail for the special general election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. 

“The Maryland State Board of Elections fully supports the actions taken by Governor Hogan today. Our highest priority is to deliver a safe election environment for voters and election workers while also ensuring the fundamental right to vote. The actions announced today are critical to fulfilling that goal. Effective immediately, SBE and Maryland’s local boards of elections are implementing the requirements set forth by Governor Hogan for the primary election and special general election in the 7th Congressional District.

“Maryland relies on thousands of election workers every election cycle, and their health and wellness is critical. We strongly encourage all Marylanders, especially those over the age of 60, to follow guidelines from the State of Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control that are designed to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. Following public health guidelines will position Maryland’s election workforce to deliver the safest and most secure primary election possible.

“Lastly, any voter who wishes to cast their ballot by mail in the primary election may do so. Submit a request online by visiting https://www.elections.maryland.gov and clicking the ‘Request a Ballot’ box or obtaining a request form from elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html.”

Frequently Asked Questions on Maryland’s Delayed Primary Election:

1. What is the new date for Maryland’s primary election?
Maryland’s primary election will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Early voting will be conducted from May 21st through May 28th.

2. Why is Maryland moving its primary election to June 2, 2020?
Maryland has declared a State of Emergency related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and has placed restrictions on public gatherings of 50 or more people in the state. On March 17, Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation requiring the presidential primary election to be held on June 2, 2020. Delaying the primary election provides the State additional time to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows SBE to work with local boards of elections and election workers to implement public health safeguards for the primary election.

3. Will the same polling centers be available on June 2, 2020?
SBE is consulting with local boards of elections to confirm the availability of existing voting locations for the primary election. If polling places change, election officials will notify affected voters. 

4. Will senior centers continue to serve as polling places?
SBE and local boards will continue to follow the guidance of federal and state health officials when determining where voters will vote. If polling places change, election officials will notify affected voters.

5. Can eligible voters still vote by mail in the delayed primary election?
Yes. Voters who prefer to vote from home can request an absentee ballot. Voters who wish to vote this way can submit a request online by visiting https://www.elections.maryland.gov and clicking the “Request a Ballot” box or obtaining a request form from elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html

6. What are the new deadlines by which absentee ballots must be submitted for the primary election?
The new deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is May 26, 2020 if the voter wants to receive the ballot by mail, or May 29, 2020 if the voter wants to receive the ballot electronically.  Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

7. What is SBE’s guidance to election workers over the age of 60?
SBE strongly encourages all Marylanders over the age of 60 to follow public health guidance published by the State of Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control. Guidance can be found at www.coronavirus.maryland.gov.

8. What steps is SBE taking to safeguard public health at polling centers?
SBE will prepare and submit to the Governor a Comprehensive Plan for the conduct of the presidential primary election by April 3, 2020 in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health. The plan will include measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on primary election day and to help safeguard voters and election workers. SBE will coordinate with local boards of elections and election workers to implement these measures in advance of the election.

Frequently Asked Questions on Maryland’s 7th Congressional District Special Election:

1. Where is Maryland’s 7th Congressional District?
Maryland’s 7th Congressional District covers portions of the CIty of Baltimore, Baltimore County, and Howard County, respectively. The special election is being held to fill the remainder of the term of the 116th Congress due to the passing of Representative Elijah Cummings in October 2019.

2. What is the date for the special general election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District?
This date remains unchanged: Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The only change is that all ballots will be cast by mail.

3. How will 7th district voters get their mail-in ballots?
SBE will mail absentee ballots to all 7th district voters who are eligible to vote in the special general election.

4. When will absentee ballots be sent?
Ballots will be sent starting later this month.

5. What is the deadline by which voters must mail in their ballots?
Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020. 

February 7, 2020

LWV Baltimore County commends the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City  who has recently donated 100 years of records to the University of Baltimore Special Collections & Archives. They have created a wonderful digital exhibit and are co-sponsoring the anniversary party on February 14 from 3:30-6:00 p.m., in the Robert L. Bogomoly Library, Room 412.

You may preview the exhibit at https://ubarchives.omeka.net/exhibits/show/legacy-of-suffrage/about-the-exhibit

Open Forum (Town Hall Meeting)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For all candidates running to replace Elijah Cummings in the February 4 Special Primary-Congressional District 7 Election

Location: Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Avenue, Liberty Heights Avenue, Liberty Heights Avenue and Dennlyn Road (side entrance)

All candidates will be given the opportunity to speak for at least 5 minutes to share their vision and platform principles for the 7th Congressional District and respond to questions from the audience.

Sponsors

Heritage United Church of Christ,  Reverend Scott H. Adams, Pastor

Ashburton Neighborhood Association,  John Crew Jr. President

League of Women Voters of Baltimore City,  Nancy Lawler and Flo Valentine, Co-Presidents

January 21, 2020

On February 4, 2020, a Special Primary Election in the 7th Congressional District will be held to begin filling the seat left vacant by the death of long-time Congressman Elijah Cummings. That term will end January 3, 2021.

The League of Women Voters invited each of the 32 candidates to respond to questions on issues of importance to voters. Click here  to read their answers in a pdf of our printed Voters’ Guide or read them online at www.VOTE411.org.

The Republican and Democratic winners of the Special Primary in the 7th District will go on to the Special General Election on April 28, 2020, the same day as the Presidential Primary Election.


December 27, 2019

LWV Baltimore County is a proud advocate for quality education in Baltimore County.  We were instrumental in the research and implementation of a bifurcated Board of Education. Currently there is need for a vacant at-large seat. The below post is from Baltimore County Schools.

Applications available January 2 for one at-large Baltimore County school board seat

TOWSON, MD — The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission will be accepting applications beginning Thursday, January 2, 2020, for the Board’s vacant at-large seat. The individual selected for this seat will fill the remaining vacated term, which ends December 2022. 
Following the 2014 and 2017 Maryland General Assembly sessions, the composition and selection of the Board of Education of Baltimore County changed. Beginning in 2018, the Board became a hybrid Board by including both appointed and elected members. Seven members of the school board are elected, while four members of the Board are appointed by the governor. The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has the task of selecting nominees to recommend to the governor for the four at-large positions. 
“Now, our task is to select two nominees to recommend to the governor for appointment for the one at-large seat,” said Commission Chairman Aaron Plymouth. “All interested Baltimore County residents are urged to submit applications.”  
Candidate interviews are scheduled for:               
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 24, 2020 – 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The application will be posted on the Baltimore County Public Schools’ website as of Thursday, January 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 31, 2020.  Applications can be mailed to the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission, c/o Tracy Gover, 6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.

 


October 2019

ADVOCACY Opportunity: Our League supports the HOME Act, introduced by County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. on October 7th

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This is an opportunity for League members to advocate for legislative change benefitting our community – at your convenience from the comfort of your own home.  The League has a longstanding position supporting equal opportunities and access to housing, employment and education. Our members have voted to make the HOME Act a priority issue. 

On October 7th, County Executive Olszewski introduced a bill that would add “source of income” to the current Baltimore County Fair Housing Law, making it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income. Our League, along with many other community organizations, supports the HOME Act, and we will continue to advocate on its behalf by submitting testimony in favor of its passage at the October 29th County Council work session.

The HOME Act (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) addresses a difficulty that some county residents face – being turned away from rental housing solely because of the source of their income. This legislation will open housing opportunities throughout the county by giving all residents – including those with Housing Choice Vouchers – a fair chance to have their rental applications considered.  It would not prevent landlords from verifying applicants’ incomes or checking their rental histories. For working families, it would reduce the time it now takes to find housing and make it easier to move closer to work.

LWV Baltimore County urges Baltimore County to join Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties as well as Baltimore City to pass legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income, just as it is illegal to discriminate based on race, sex or religion.

Here is how you, as an individual, can advocate on this important issue.

 

 

  • Sharalyn Luciani
    published this page 2020-01-03 17:54:54 -0500