MACo Announces 2021 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize county budget security, elections, broadband access, and public health support in the 2021 session.  MACo’s Legislative Committee voted at the September 16, 2020 meeting to adopt the Association’s four priorities for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. These issues cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General Assembly. DEFEND COUNTY BUDGET SECURITY The State and Counties together face an unprecedented public…

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State Posts Early Voting and Election Day Voting Center Sites

The Maryland State Board of Elections yesterday published a list of early voting and election day voting locations for Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City. Early voting will be held from Monday, October 26, 2020, through Monday, November 2, 2020. Early voting and Election Day voting centers will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. Eligible voters may cast their ballots at any authorized voting location within their jurisdiction of residence. According to the…

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Election Officials to Voters: Ignore Inaccurate Postal Service Mailers

The State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday said that portions of a United States Postal Service postcard sent to voters regarding vote-by-mail options are “inconsistent” with state guidelines. The postcard -- mailed nationwide last week -- tells voters to request mail ballots at least 15 days before the election. In Maryland, local boards of elections must receive a voter's request for a mail-in ballot by October 20. SBE automatically sent most eligible voters an application…

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Get Your Ballot by Mail (Not Email) to Save Time and Money

The Maryland State Board of Elections is reminding Marylanders that receiving their 2020 ballot via first-class U.S. mail is free, convenient, and will save time and money for local boards of elections, whose operations are supported by county funding. In order to protect the health and safety of voters and poll workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Marylanders are encouraged to vote by mail and must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections…

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New $250 Million Grant Program Available to Local Election Officials

The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) this week announced a new grant program to provide funding to local elections officials ahead of the 2020 election. Under the program, funds can be used towards a variety of services that counties are responsible for when funding and administering elections. Specifically, grants may be used for expanding voter education and outreach, recruiting and training poll workers, supporting early in-person voting/vote by mail, and maintaining safety protocols…

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Check Your Mailbox: Mail-In Ballot Applications Are on the Way

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday announced that all eligible voters were sent a mail-in ballot application for the November 3 general election. The applications come with a postage-paid return envelope to make it easy and free for voters to request ballots. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SBE voted unanimously to request additional state funding to pay for mail-in ballot applications. The additional funding — which must be approved by the Department…

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Feds Release New Resources to Support Local Elections Officials

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) last week unveiled new resources to support local elections officials as they work to ensure a safe and secure general election amidst a public health crisis. The EAC's August update includes election-related Coronavirus resources, election security preparedness, and best uses for Help American Vote Act (HAVA) emergency funds made available under the CARES Act. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan approved a State Board of Elections (SBE)…

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