Voting in the 2022 Primary Election? Here’s What You Need to Know

The Maryland State Board of Elections encourages eligible voters interested in casting a ballot in July’s primary election to register to vote online. SBE also urges those already registered to confirm their latest district and polling place information using the online voter lookup tool. “This week, we launched a statewide digital advertising campaign to educate Maryland voters on the registration deadlines and to encourage those who intend to cast a ballot in this year’s primary…

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Paper Shortage Causing Headaches for Local Election Officials

Paper supply chain challenges concern election officials ahead of 2022 elections. According to Route Fifty, some state elections offices are having such a hard time finding paper that they could face missing legal deadlines for mailing ballots and notices in the upcoming elections. Election officials face a critical shortage of paper for election materials like voter registration forms, ballots, mail-in vote envelopes, and voter instruction materials. Ballots, in particular, can only be printed on a…

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Hot off the Press: County-by-County Primary Election Ballots

The Maryland State Board of Elections this week certified the county-by-county ballot content and arrangement for the July 19 primary election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued an order moving the 2022 primary election from June 28 to July 19. Early voting for the delayed July 19 primary election will begin on July 7 and run through July 14. The deadline to register to vote in the primary…

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SCOTUS Decision Voids Federal Limits on Self-Loans to Campaigns

A decision by the United States Supreme Court has voided a federal limit on the amount a candidate may loan to their own campaign - citing first amendment concerns, and at least raising the issue that state-level limits may similarly be stricken. In the case Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate, the Supreme Court has ruled that free expression right are unfairly impeded by a federal law limiting to $250,000 the amount that…

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Court of Appeals Extends Deadlines to Withdraw Candidacy, Fill Vacancies for July Primary Election

The Maryland Court of Appeals this week extended the deadlines to withdraw a candidacy and fill a candidate vacancy for the July primary election. The deadline for an individual to withdraw their candidacy for the primary initially expired on April 18, but the Court of Appeals extended that deadline to April 25. The deadline to fill a vacancy in candidacy for the primary initially expired on April 20, but the court pushed back that deadline…

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‘Tis the Season: Become An Election Judge Today!
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‘Tis the Season: Become An Election Judge Today!

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, July 19, 2022. General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. Election workers work hard to ensure our elections are accurate, safe, and accessible. What is an election judge? Election judges are responsible for administering voting procedures in their precinct and ensuring a fair and accessible election for all eligible voters.…

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2022 Session: Recap and Wrap-Ups

Catch up on all of the latest outcomes of the 2022 Maryland General Assembly session with wrap-ups on important county-related bills in each policy area. This year, the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers and advocates alike, with one chamber in-person and the other remote for…

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2022 Session Wrap-Up: Elections

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of elections in the 2022 General Assembly.  Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. MACo routinely advocates against state policies that result in costly or burdensome implementation for local election officials. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers…

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State Board of Elections Announces Key Dates for 2022 Primary

The State Board of Elections yesterday announced that early voting for the delayed July 19 primary election will begin on July 7 and run through July 14. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is June 28, and the deadline for primary voters to request a mail-in ballot is July 12. “Following the Court of Appeals’ decision last week to move the primary election to July 19, the State Board of Elections has…

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