MACo Supports More Flexibility for Local Public Campaign Financing

On January 31, 2023, Policy Director Kevin Kinnally testified in support of HB 0176 - Local Public Campaign Financing - Expansion to Additional Offices before the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill would expand the offices for which a county may establish a public campaign financing system. Currently, counties may authorize public campaign financing for elective offices in the executive and legislative branches of county government. This bill would enable counties to offer public…

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Cyberattack Simulation for Election Disruption: A NACo Training

Presented by the NACo County Tech Xchange and Professional Development Academy, join a cyberattack simulation to prepare your county's response. In response to the growing threat landscape and complexity of the interdependent and networked business of counties, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is partnering with the Professional Development Academy and their community of CISOs, CIOS, risk managers and cyber leaders to launch cyberattack simulation training. When: February 27, 2023, at 1:00 PM to March 3,…

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Beyond the Ballot: The Evolution of Elections at #MACoCon
Senator Cheryl Kagan
Beyond the Ballot: The Evolution of Elections at #MACoCon

 At MACo's Winter Conference, an expert panel detailed the latest election trends, recapped the 2022 election cycle, and explored innovative policies and new solutions to advance and promote free, fair, and secure elections. An essential function of Maryland's county governments is to fund and oversee elections -- but times are changing. Modern trends in voter preference, new technology, supply shortages, difficulties recruiting and retaining election judges, new and evolving cyber threats, and defending against disinformation are top…

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Board of State Canvassers Certifies State Election Results

The Board of State Canvassers certified the 2022 General Election results for federal and statewide elected offices and presented its certified findings to the Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE). While county and municipal election results were previously certified at the local level (MACo's General Election Results summary), any contest that includes votes across multiple counties must be certified at the state level. The Board of State Canvassers meets within 35 days of statewide elections…

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Beyond the Ballot: The Evolution of Elections

At MACo's Winter Conference, an expert panel will explore innovative policies involving elections. An essential function of Maryland’s county governments is to fund and oversee elections. But some laws and policies fail to recognize modern trends in voter preference, the capabilities of new technologies, and the realities of administering elections in our local communities. At MACo's Winter Conference, an expert panel will explore innovative policies and new solutions to advance and promote free, fair, and secure…

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2022 County Elections Bring 43% Turnover

County officials will turn over at a 43% rate following the 2022 elections. Here's a breakdown of the math behind the considerable wave of new office-holders. With the final tallies together from the 2022 primary and general elections, we can evaluate some of the numbers and trends from across the 23 jurisdictions holding county official elections in 2022. Here is the Conduit Street summary: The 43% turnover is in line with other recent election cycles.…

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Incoming Moore Administration Announces Leadership Positions

Governor-elect Wes Moore has announced several key leadership positions for his incoming administration, tapping a number of local and state leaders. Governor-elect Wes Moore announced on November 14 a series of new hires for top positions in his incoming administration. Thus far, Moore has sourced his personal network, local leaders, and legislative leaders to serve as his top advisors and confidants. For the lead position of chief of staff, Moore has hired a fellow Baltimore social…

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Upper Eastern Shore County Election Round-Up

Check out this breakdown of county elections in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne's counties.  Below are the current election results for each jurisdiction's governing bodies. Caroline  Commissioner At-Large - Larry C. Porter (R) will be the lone incumbent to stay in office for At-Large County Commissioner, pulling 32 percent of the vote in what was a three-way win for all three unopposed candidates. Commissioner At-Large - J. Travis Breeding (R) has, so far, pulled…

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Baltimore County Council Election Wrap-Up

Baltimore County Council will see two new faces for the incoming term in Michael P Ertel (D) and Pat Young (D). The Baltimore County Council is comprised of seven members. Below are the results by district. District 1 - With Tom Quirk (D) being term limited, Pat Young (D) will assume the role with 63 percent of the vote against Albert "Al" Nalley (R). District 2 - Incumbent Izzy Patoka (D) will remain in office as…

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