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December 18, 1991
The county election board voted 2-to-1 along party lines Monday to accept district boundaries contained in a Dec. 2 resolution of the County Council.District lines must be redrawn after every census to reflect population changes. The boundaries accepted by the election board Monday are identical to those approved by the council Nov. 4 andvetoed by County Executive Charles I. Ecker Nov. 12.Following the veto, council Democrats relied on $7,686 worth of legal advice from former U.S. Attorney Benjamin R. Civiletti to push through a resolution creating district lines identical to those in thevetoed bill.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
The State Board of Elections has alerted the Office of the State Prosecutor to a report that 164 people voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the November 2012 presidential election, in violation of the law. Election officials confirmed Thursday that the referral included 17 cases in which the Fairfax County, Va., elections board investigated the report by outside advocacy groups and said they found that ballots had been cast in that county and...
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April 17, 1996
In yesterday's editions, the number of absentee ballots returned to the Baltimore County election board for the 7th Congressional District race was incorrectly reported. The number of ballots returned was about 400.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 4/17/96
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | March 27, 2009
Maryland's election board voted unanimously Thursday to impose stricter rules on referendum petition drives, based on a Court of Appeals ruling that critics say will make it much harder for citizens to take an issue to the voters. The board voted 4-0 with one member absent. Under the new rules, people signing petitions must use either their full name, including middle initials, or sign their name exactly as it appears on election board voting rolls. In addition, a printed name required on a petition must exactly match the accompanying signature.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
Knowing he would be away, Paul L. Spadin of Fulton carefully made out an absentee ballot and mailed it Sept. 6 - four days before the primary election. That's why he was shocked Saturday when he received a letter from the Howard County Election Board telling him his ballot was not counted because it arrived too late. "I was irritated that I followed all the rules and I mailed it early and it didn't get here," Spadin said. His ballot arrived Sept. 13, two days after the deadline. Now Spadin, 66, is going to Circuit Court to seek redress as the county election board tries to figure out - before the Nov. 5 general election - what went wrong with his and about two dozen other absentee ballots that took up to nine days to get from various Howard County locations to the board's offices.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
Knowing he would be away, Paul L. Spadin of Fulton carefully made out an absentee ballot and mailed it Sept. 6 - four days before the primary election. That's why he was shocked Saturday when he received a letter from the Howard County Election Board telling him his ballot was not counted because it arrived too late. "I was irritated that I followed all the rules and I mailed it early and it didn't get here," Spadin said. His ballot arrived Sept. 13, two days after the deadline. Now Spadin, 66, is going to Circuit Court to seek redress as the county election board tries to figure out - before the Nov. 5 general election - what went wrong with his and about two dozen other absentee ballots that took up to nine days to get from various Howard County locations to the board's offices.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 8, 2009
The fight over an attempt to block a 55,000-square-foot supermarket from being built as part of a village center-style development at Turf Valley in western Ellicott City is intensifying. The County Council approved a bill in November allowing the supermarket to be larger than the 18,000-square-foot limit in earlier regulations, but some residents objected and began a petition drive for a referendum in the November 2010 elections. Marc Norman, a Turf Valley resident and persistent critic of growth plans at the 800-acre hotel/golf course community submitted petitions Feb. 3 containing 6,079 signatures.
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November 5, 2006
ABSENTEE BALLOTS Applications for absentee ballots received by the county election board as of late Friday: 10,400 Absentee ballots cast in the September primary: 1,538 2004 general election: 7,024 2002 general election: 3,576 VOTING INFO The county's 69 polling precincts will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Delays can be avoided by voting between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The general election is open to all registered voters. The name and location of where you are assigned to vote is listed on your voter's card.
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By David Michael Ettlin | November 10, 1990
Disturbed by election results that contradicted polls and their own political thinking, campaign aides of Theodore J. Sophocleus, the defeated Anne Arundel County executive candidate, asked yesterday for a recount of the ballots in 22 precincts.The precincts are in northern Anne Arundel's 2nd and 3rd Councilmanic districts -- including the Glen Burnie area and Pasadena -- where Mr. Sophocleus, a Democratic councilman from Linthicum, had been expected to do well on Election Day in his contest with Republican Robert R. Neall.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | March 27, 2009
Maryland's election board voted unanimously Thursday to impose stricter rules on referendum petition drives, based on a Court of Appeals ruling that critics say will make it much harder for citizens to take an issue to the voters. The board voted 4-0 with one member absent. Under the new rules, people signing petitions must use either their full name, including middle initials, or sign their name exactly as it appears on election board voting rolls. In addition, a printed name required on a petition must exactly match the accompanying signature.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 8, 2009
The fight over an attempt to block a 55,000-square-foot supermarket from being built as part of a village center-style development at Turf Valley in western Ellicott City is intensifying. The County Council approved a bill in November allowing the supermarket to be larger than the 18,000-square-foot limit in earlier regulations, but some residents objected and began a petition drive for a referendum in the November 2010 elections. Marc Norman, a Turf Valley resident and persistent critic of growth plans at the 800-acre hotel/golf course community submitted petitions Feb. 3 containing 6,079 signatures.
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November 5, 2006
ABSENTEE BALLOTS Applications for absentee ballots received by the county election board as of late Friday: 10,400 Absentee ballots cast in the September primary: 1,538 2004 general election: 7,024 2002 general election: 3,576 VOTING INFO The county's 69 polling precincts will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Delays can be avoided by voting between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The general election is open to all registered voters. The name and location of where you are assigned to vote is listed on your voter's card.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2005
Leaders of a grass-roots revolt against an omnibus Howard County zoning bill have submitted nearly 4,900 signatures to the election board to force the issue to referendum, virtually assuring it will appear on next year's ballot. The county charter requires 5,000 valid voters' signatures to hold a referendum on a County Council bill, and this week's submission gives the protesters until June 8 to collect the total of 7,000 names they are seeking, just to be sure. "Our hard work lies ahead of us," said Ellen Rhudy of Marriottsville, a petition volunteer who was looking ahead to the campaign to persuade a majority of county voters to defeat the more than 40 zoning and zoning language changes in the bill when they vote in November 2006.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2003
Add one more sin to the evils of suburban sprawl - commuter fatigue that can theoretically cut voter turnout 2 percent to 3 percent in some precincts. In a close race like the 2000 presidential contest, that can be a vital difference, according to a research paper on voting that year in Howard, Frederick and Montgomery counties by University of Maryland political scientist James G. Gimpel. His theory is simple enough, though not everyone agrees with the concept - that after a long, traffic-clogged drive to and from work, with family waiting at home, some marginally committed voters may skip their patriotic duty rather than face another 5-mile drive to vote.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
Knowing he would be away, Paul L. Spadin of Fulton carefully made out an absentee ballot and mailed it Sept. 6 - four days before the primary election. That's why he was shocked Saturday when he received a letter from the Howard County Election Board telling him his ballot was not counted because it arrived too late. "I was irritated that I followed all the rules and I mailed it early and it didn't get here," Spadin said. His ballot arrived Sept. 13, two days after the deadline. Now Spadin, 66, is going to Circuit Court to seek redress as the county election board tries to figure out - before the Nov. 5 general election - what went wrong with his and about two dozen other absentee ballots that took up to nine days to get from various Howard County locations to the board's offices.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
Knowing he would be away, Paul L. Spadin of Fulton carefully made out an absentee ballot and mailed it Sept. 6 - four days before the primary election. That's why he was shocked Saturday when he received a letter from the Howard County Election Board telling him his ballot was not counted because it arrived too late. "I was irritated that I followed all the rules and I mailed it early and it didn't get here," Spadin said. His ballot arrived Sept. 13, two days after the deadline. Now Spadin, 66, is going to Circuit Court to seek redress as the county election board tries to figure out - before the Nov. 5 general election - what went wrong with his and about two dozen other absentee ballots that took up to nine days to get from various Howard County locations to the board's offices.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1996
In yesterday's editions, the number of absentee ballots returned to the Baltimore County election board for the 7th Congressional District race was incorrectly reported. The number of ballots returned was about 400.The Sun regrets the error.Baltimore city and county voters in the 7th Congressional District are expected to come out in record numbers today for the special election to pick a successor to former Rep. Kweisi Mfume.Those would be record low numbers, election officials fear."It's going to be a sorry election," said Doris J. Suter, Baltimore County election administrator.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1996
In yesterday's editions, the number of absentee ballots returned to the Baltimore County election board for the 7th Congressional District race was incorrectly reported. The number of ballots returned was about 400.The Sun regrets the error.Baltimore city and county voters in the 7th Congressional District are expected to come out in record numbers today for the special election to pick a successor to former Rep. Kweisi Mfume.Those would be record low numbers, election officials fear."It's going to be a sorry election," said Doris J. Suter, Baltimore County election administrator.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2002
Joan Lancos - the Republican candidate for County Council in heavily Democratic west Columbia - thinks her chances of winning in that race just improved. Mary Kay Sigaty, barely defeated in the closely fought Democratic primary last week, shares a long community-volunteer background with Lancos that overlaps to the point that both sat on the same school boundary-lines advisory committee last year. Columbia native Kenneth S. Ulman, the standard-bearer for his party in District 4 now that Sigaty has conceded, has state and national political experience - from campaigning for Bill Clinton in 1996 to advising Gov. Parris N. Glendening on expenditures.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2000
Incumbent Stephen C. Bounds held a comfortable lead over a field of 17 other Howard County school board candidates last night, according to preliminary results in the nonpartisan primary election. Bounds, who says the county should give residents more of a voice in redistricting, had 8,414 votes -- or 11 percent -- with 85 precincts reporting. Following him were Virginia Charles with 6,509 votes, Jerry D. Johnston with 6,426 votes and Patricia S. Gordon with 6,265 votes. Glenn Amato had 6,049 votes, and Michele Williams had 6,010.
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