Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

August 20, 2006

Tuesday is deadline to register to vote

Maryland citizens wishing to vote in the coming gubernatorial primary election must register by 9 p.m. Tuesday through any election office.

The primary election is Sept. 12.

Voter registration applications are available at: Motor Vehicle Administration sites; Health Department; local Social Services offices; Office on Aging; Division of Rehabilitation Services; public institutions of higher education; marriage license bureaus; post offices; public library branches; county Boards of Election; state Board of Elections.

Voter registration applications also may be downloaded from the state Board of Elections Web site at www.elections.state.md.us.

If a voter registered by mail after Jan. 1, 2003, federal law requires that the voter provide identification information before casting his or her vote.

Also, voters who are elderly or disabled and who wish to vote in person in the Nov. 7 general election have until Tuesday to request they be reassigned to an accessible polling place if the voter's home polling place is inaccessible.

The Board of Elections will re-assign the voter to a polling place that is accessible.

The Carroll County Board of Elections will have staff in all five county public libraries from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to accept completed voter registrations.

Information: 410-386-2080.

Finksburg council to hold forum

Finksburg Planning and Citizens Council will hold a Commissioner Candidates' Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sandy Mount United Methodist Church, 101 Old Westminster Pike.

Council President Jim Johnsonwill serve as moderator.

The forum will feature all candidates who have declared formal candidacy for Carroll County commissioner. Candidates will respond to several prepared questions from the council's board members.

Time permitting, questions will be taken from the audience. Candidates will have time to make closing statements.

The forum is open to the public.

Information: www.finksburg.org.

Candidates forums at Scott Auditorium

The Community Media Center, in partnership with the League of Women Voters in Carroll County and Carroll Community College, will present a series of forums for primary election candidates in the college's Scott Auditorium, Aug. 27, 29 and 30.

The public is encouraged to hear what Carroll County candidates have to say about current issues.

Written questions will be solicited from the audience. A member of the League of Women Voters will serve as moderator.

The forums will air live on Community Media Center Channels 19 and 23 and will be re-broadcast every day up to the primary election on Sept. 12.

Forums will be:

Aug. 27 from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Meet the candidates session for candidates to display campaign literature on tables in the lobby. The forum schedule is: Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; Democratic/Green candidates, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and U.S. House of Representatives, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Aug. 29, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Meet the candidates session. The forum schedule is: General Assembly, Senate and House from Districts 5 and 5A, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., and these offices from Districts 4, 4B, 9 and 9B, 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Aug. 30, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Meet the candidates. The forum schedule is: County Commissioners, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Board of Education, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Information: 410-386-4415, or 410-549-4693.

County awarded for achievements

Carroll County has earned several achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs that promote quality and efficiency in government.

NACo's Achievement Awards recognize counties for creative and innovative program development and implementation, efficient administrative management of county agencies and responsible government to local citizens.

Carroll's winning projects were: "Resident Survey of Existing and Potential Services"; "Expansion of Purchasing Powers to Allied Agencies"; "Carroll County Regional Airport Master Plan Development"; "Comprehensive Interagency System of Care for Violence"; and "Take-Home Vehicle Database."

Carroll also was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as being among the first 100 counties nationwide to make a commitment to NACo's energy efficiency campaign.

The ENERGY STAR Courthouse Campaign is a voluntary program that helps counties become energy efficient while saving taxpayer dollars and protecting the environment.

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