Court Approves Early Processing, Tabulating of Mail-In Ballots

Last week, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled that local boards of elections can start processing and tabulating mail-in ballots for the November election before the polls close on election day — which is essential for reporting timely results. As more voters opt to cast mail-in ballots, local boards require flexibility to meet critical certification deadlines and provide meaningful results after the polls close on election day. The ruling, issued by Judge James A.…

Comments Off on Court Approves Early Processing, Tabulating of Mail-In Ballots
It’s National Voter Registration Day! Are You #VoteReady?

Every year, millions of Americans don't vote because they miss a registration deadline, don't update their registration, or aren't sure how to register. The tenth annual National Voter Registration Day aims to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. First observed in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. To date, over 4.7 million voters registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day. Registering to vote In Maryland…

Comments Off on It’s National Voter Registration Day! Are You #VoteReady?
Hot off the Press: County-by-County General Election Ballots

This week, the Maryland State Board of Elections certified the county-by-county ballot content and arrangement for the November 8 general election. Early voting for the November 8 general election begins on October 27 and runs through November 3. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 18, and the deadline for voters to request a mail-in ballot is November 1. As more voters opt to cast mail-in ballots, local boards require…

Comments Off on Hot off the Press: County-by-County General Election Ballots
State Board of Elections Petitions Court to Speed Up Mail-In Ballot Counting

The Maryland State Board of Elections has petitioned courts to allow for earlier opening of November election mail-in ballots starting on October 1. According to Maryland Matters, the State Board of Elections filed a petition on Friday seeking a judicial order to suspend a state law that prohibits the opening of any mail-in ballot envelope before the Wednesday after election and asks the court to permit local election boards to begin processing mail ballots on…

Comments Off on State Board of Elections Petitions Court to Speed Up Mail-In Ballot Counting
Federal Roundup: Election Protections, Clean Energy Incentives, Housing, Broadband, and More

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently published several resources to help counties stay abreast of the latest news and notes on federal policymaking. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law NACo is constantly updating its interactive BIL funding table with funding opportunities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Inflation Reduction Act -- Clean Energy Initiatives The Inflation Reduction Act allows counties to pursue clean energy initiatives and reduce emissions through new competitive grant programs, local resiliency investments, and clean…

Comments Off on Federal Roundup: Election Protections, Clean Energy Incentives, Housing, Broadband, and More
Montgomery Council Likely to See First Female Majority in Decades

The November general election signals changes in Maryland's political landscape, and Montgomery County Council is likely to experience a significant shift. The 2022 election cycle will bring a wave of change to county governing bodies across the state. One noteworthy shift will be in the newly reconstructed Montgomery County Council, expanded by a 2020 charter amendment to 11 members. With party registration historically rendering the general election unlikely to change outcomes, Maryland Matters has profiled…

Comments Off on Montgomery Council Likely to See First Female Majority in Decades
Keegan-Ayer Advancing to General Election in Frederick Council Race

Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer will advance to the general election in her District 3 Council race, following a tumultuous and eventful process culminating in a narrow party central committee vote. Among the numerous close races in the 2022 primary elections, none rivaled the Democratic District 3 in Frederick County in terms of tiny margins, and complex outcomes. In the end, incumbent M.C. Keegan-Ayer, sitting as the President of the current Council, will advance to the…

Comments Off on Keegan-Ayer Advancing to General Election in Frederick Council Race
Elrich Certified as Montgomery Exec Primary Winner, By 32 Votes

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has prevailed in a very close primary for re-election, edging out David Blair by 32 votes - the second straight recount-worthy finish between the two. In a stirring and prolonged process eerily reminiscent of the 2018 democratic primary featuring the same two top contenders, Marc Elrich prevailed in a narrow race following (this time) a full recount. The margin of 32 votes was even closer than the 77 from four…

Comments Off on Elrich Certified as Montgomery Exec Primary Winner, By 32 Votes
State Board of Elections to Ask Circuit Court for Earlier Processing of Mail-In Ballots

The Maryland State Board of Elections today voted to pursue legal action to allow local boards of elections to begin canvassing mail-in ballots before polls close on election day — which is essential for reporting timely results. As more voters opt to cast mail-in ballots, local boards require flexibility to meet critical certification deadlines and provide meaningful results after the polls close on election day. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan vetoed emergency legislation…

Comments Off on State Board of Elections to Ask Circuit Court for Earlier Processing of Mail-In Ballots
Here’s How Election Recounts Work in Maryland

Given delays in processing an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, official results will follow after a full accounting of pending votes. That may take days or even weeks. But, as several county races are very close, an overview of Maryland’s election recount procedures seems relevant. Maryland law does not provide for automatic recounts, which some states require if the margin between the top two candidates is within specific parameters. Instead, Maryland law allows a losing candidate…

Comments Off on Here’s How Election Recounts Work in Maryland
Close Menu