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By Michael Dresser | January 10, 2014
The State Board of Elections and both members of the Brown-Ulman ticket for governor have filed motions urging the Anne Arundel Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by supporters of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's rival candidacy seeking to bar Howard County Executive Ken Ulman from raising funds during the 90-day legislative session. Daniel M. Clements, the lawyer for two Gansler supporters, said the defendants' motions ignored a crucial provision of the law. The suit contends that the elections board misinterpreted the law when it ruled that Ulman could continue to raise funds during the session, when statewide officials and state legislators are barred from doing so. Among those clearly covered by the ban is Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is  running for the Democratic nomination for governor with Ulman as his running mate, Lawyers for state elections chief Linda Lamone contended that the court does not have the power to issue the injunction Clements requested.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
The Maryland Board of Elections determined Republican Larry Hogan broke a campaign finance rule, but the panel agreed Thursday to waive the fine associated with the minor infraction. Elections officials cleared Hogan of wrongdoing in two of three charges leveled against him by the Maryland Democratic Party this summer. In the third charge, officials determined Hogan violated campaign-finance rules by not paying his advocacy group, Change Maryland, for a poll the group sold to his campaign.
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By Alison Knezevich and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
Maryland's Board of Elections has acknowledged sending out some incomplete absentee ballots and some with incorrect address information, but officials say both problems were limited in scope and have been resolved. A handful of voters in Montgomery and Prince George's counties received ballots that did not include a page with some of the state's controversial referendum questions - including whether to allow same-sex marriage, expand gambling and extend in-state tuition discounts to some illegal immigrants.
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By Kevin Rector and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. has lost another battle in his effort to get his name on the November ballot as a candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch ruled against Neverdon on Tuesday in Neverdon's appeal of a ruling by city elections officials denying him a place on the ballot. Elections officials found that he had fallen more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 that he needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn Mosby as an independent candidate.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 14, 2010
Local elections officials across the state reported lower-than-usual turnout as of noon, says Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator of the state Board of Elections. Goldstein said counties were reporting turnout ranging from 4 to 10 percent at that time. This matches what we've seen in the field and what candidates and their supporters have been saying all day: voters are MIA. The 77,000 early votes account for 2.5 percent of the eligible electorate. Linda Lamone, state elections administrator, told The Sun yesterday that the nice weather and intense primary battles in some districts might actually drive up voter turnout slightly from previous gubernatorial primary years.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
Baltimore County elections officials on Tuesday rejected a referendum challenge to a planned Wegmans in Owings Mills and a mixed-use development in Middle River, saying petitions used in the ballot drive did not give voters enough information. Board of Elections director Katie Brown ruled that the developer-funded petitions, which sought to place the County Council's zoning decisions on the 2014 ballot, didn't meet legal standards. The referendum drive involved a number of properties, including Green Spring Station in Lutherville, where the owners hoped a voter challenge could overturn a zoning decision that limited their ability to expand and renovate.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Reporter | February 16, 2007
A bill that would have restructured Howard County's elections board by expanding the number of members from three full members and two substitutes to five full members was withdrawn by Del. Frank S. Turner, the sponsor. Del. Shane E. Pendergrass, the House delegation chairwoman, said the members discussed the idea at a meeting Wednesday morning. Turner withdrew the bill when it became clear that it would not be approved by the county's eight delegates and three senators. Guy Harriman, the elections board chairman, testified against the bill at a hearing last week, arguing that the board functions well as it is. One full Republican member has not been attending board meetings, and the Republican substitute resigned, leaving the board with two full-time members -- one Democrat and one Republican.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 4, 2001
Howard County's Board of Election Supervisors will be moving to new, larger quarters near Route 100. The County Council approved the lease at its meeting Monday night in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Republicans Allan H. Kittleman of the western county and Christopher J. Merdon of Ellicott City, who opposed the move, objected to the cost of the new offices, and complained that only one bid was received. However Robert J. Antonetti Sr., elections board administrator, said that bids had been sought twice.
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By From Staff Reports | March 4, 1995
The state elections board has voted to ask State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli to investigate the conduct of Baltimore elections administrator Barbara Jackson.In a Thursday night vote in Annapolis, the board directed Mr. Montanarelli to see if Ms. Jackson broke the law by failing to purge thousands who weren't eligible to vote.The board's vote was based on Ms. Jackson's testimony during Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey's challenge of the November election, said board member Daniel J. Earnshaw.
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By Larry Carson | April 1, 2007
With the presidential primary election less than a year away, Howard County's elections board soon will experience a nearly complete turnover in membership. Because of the election of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Maryland's local elections boards will change from majority Republican membership to majority Democratic membership. In Howard, Chairman Guy L. Harriman, a Republican and 10-year board veteran, and Democrat James E. Poole, a six-year veteran, are leaving. Brenda Morstein, the other Republican, has not attended meetings since an internal board dispute last summer.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
A federal judge in Baltimore ordered Maryland elections officials to adopt an online absentee voting tool in time for this year's general election, despite warnings from computer security experts that the system could lead to voter fraud. The ruling was sought by a group of disabled voters and the National Federation of the Blind, who say the tool will make it easier for people with disabilities to cast ballots without relying on another person. "The court today has protected the fundamental rights of voters with disabilities, including the rights to equal access and to a secret ballot," said Mark Riccobono, president of the federation.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
A veteran defense attorney running an independent campaign for Baltimore state's attorney argued in Circuit Court Friday that city election workers "messed up" when they ruled he did not have enough signatures to appear on the November ballot.  "Just because they say it's so, don't make it so," said Edward Smith Jr., the attorney for candidate Russell A. Neverdon Sr. "Each and every [signature] they looked at, they messed up. " Judge Martin P. Welch said he will postpone ruling on the case until after he hears more evidence next Friday.  The city's Board of Elections said earlier this monrth that Neverdon fell more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn J. Mosby on the general election ballot.
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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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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. brought about 6,000 signatures to the city's Board of Elections on Monday - a total that, if verified, will put him on November's ballot as an independent candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. With his family by his side, Neverdon, 46, pointed to the petition effort as evidence his candidacy has grass-roots support. "We've spent sleepless nights, long weekends, long days," Neverdon said. "The citizens of Baltimore spoke, and they want a choice.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Though felons are prohibited from voting in Maryland, 15 of them cast ballots in the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to a recently released audit. The finding in an Office of Legislative Audits' report criticized the State Board of Elections, saying the agency "did not have an effective process to ensure that individuals serving a sentence for a felony conviction were removed from the voter registration database, as required by law. " Each month, the board receives a list from the judiciary of all convictions and must manually sort out misdemeanors, which don't exclude people from going to the polls.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar is ineligible for public financing because he missed the legal deadline to apply. The board voted unanimously to deny the waiver request by Lollar, a Charles County business executive. Jared Demarinis, executive director of candidacy and campaign finance, told the board that Lollar missed the Feb. 25 to apply because his campaign had forgotten that was the deadline for applying for public financing as well as for filing candidacy papers.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2000
Howard County's elections board, still without a permanent administrator, soon will be without a president as well. Frank Lupashunski, who has been president for a decade and a board member for nearly 20 years, is resigning at the end of this month, he said yesterday. The board has three permanent members -- two Democrats and one Republican -- and two substitutes, one from each political party. "I need a hip replacement. It's time to get out to pasture," the 74-year-old former high school teacher said.
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March 25, 2014
Regarding letter writer Theodore Levin's idea that to keep politics out of the process the governor should appoint the Baltimore County Board of Education rather than allow voters to elect its members, I would point out that the governor's appointments are already highly political and favor a certain group of campaign contributors and politically influential people ( "School board decisions shouldn't be driven by the political winds," March 21)....
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