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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
While some Marylanders cope with flooding and others wait for the lights to come back on, elections officials said polls everywhere should be ready in time for Election Day. In Somerset County, where 85 percent of homes lost power, dozens of roads were shut down and hundreds of residents were displaced by Sandy, election director Joanna Emely said "we're on schedule" for the vote Tuesday. Poll workers reopened the Eastern Shore county's early-voting center in Princess Anne on Wednesday morning, and officials planned to deliver voting machines to Somerset's 15 Election Day polling places Friday "We had two days out of the office, but we're fine now," Emely said.
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June 29, 2014
I extend my sincere thanks to the 75 percent or more of my fellow Marylanders who chose to avoid the polling places on June 24 ( "Excuses aside, Maryland voter turnout an embarrassment," June 25). You have multiplied the impact of my vote significantly, and I do appreciate the increased influence. I can only hope that even more of you will stay away in future elections, upping the potency of my choices even further. I promise that I will use the opportunity to look after my self-interest.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | June 1, 2009
The Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections will vote Wednesday to decide on new polling places for the city's mayoral election in the fall, after Anne Arundel County school officials decided that allowing schools to be used as polling places would be disruptive and pose a potential security risk. Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell informed Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer last October that the county school system would no longer serve as polling places during the city's municipal elections, citing the use of schools' multipurpose areas, often used dually as gymnasiums and cafeterias, as disruptive during the school day. Maxwell also raised the issue of school security.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
The argument that requiring voters to produce identification is racial discrimination is absolutely absurd. My niece recently went to Walmart to exchange an item of clothing that didn't fit properly. She wasn't asking for a refund, just to exchange it for an identical item at the same price in a different size which she found in the store. She was told that without a photo identification they would not exchange it. Should we assume from this that minorities don't patronize Walmart, or at least never have to exchange purchases from there?
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1995
Before going out to vote next week, residents living in the northernmost parts of Baltimore should check to make sure their polling places have not changed, election officials say.The city election board has slashed 36 polling places, from 108 to 72, in the vast 27th Ward along the city's northern border, said Barbara E. Jackson, the city election administrator. The changes will be in effect for Tuesday's primary election.The 27th Ward is by far Baltimore's largest, both geographically and in the number of registered voters.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2002
Responding to a conflict between an election judge and the entourage of reporters and others attempting to watch Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend vote in last month's primary, Baltimore County's board of elections decided at its last meeting to ban cameras from polling places. But the move appears to violate state regulations, which allow media organizations to bring cameras into polling places. The state board of elections has written to the county, advising officials that the policy runs afoul of the rules and asking them to reconsider it. Baltimore County Election Director Jacqueline McDaniel said she and the board will review the state's concerns and decide what to do as soon as they can. But she and the members feel strongly that they must be able to limit disruptions in polling places.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff writer | January 15, 1992
In looking for another polling place for the city's growing roster of registered voters, a City Council committee is eyeing the area westof Route 31.The council's Finance Committee directed City Clerk John Dudderar Monday to compile a list of registered voters who live west of New Windsor Road to determine whether the numbers warrant an additional polling place.Providing an additional polling place has been on the agenda of Mayor W. Benjamin Brown for some time. The previous council rejected the plan, but the current board sent the proposal to the Finance Committee for further consideration.
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By Maria Archangelo and Maria Archangelo,Staff writer | September 12, 1990
Call them the unsung heroes of election days.Candidates campaign for last-minute votes, supporters hawk the strong points of their choices and party officials urge registered voters to get out to the polls.But without the residents who volunteer to work at county polling places, nobody's vote would be official and voting day would be a lot more hectic.For some polling place workers, it's a chance to spend a day serving their country. For others it's an opportunity to catch up on the neighborhood news.
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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 1, 2002
WASHINGTON - Legions of attorneys and election monitors are fanning out to polling places around the country this week with their eyes peeled for funny business at the ballot box. Lawyers from both parties, a host of civil rights groups, the Justice Department and the private sector are gearing up to scrutinize Tuesday's voting. But they're not all looking for the same thing. Republicans are dispatching lawyers to watch for fraud - instances where people vote twice or impersonate a voter, for example, or otherwise violate election laws.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff writer | March 4, 1992
Presidential hopefuls didn't jog through Westminster yesterday, the charter board campaign didn't produce catchy phrases and ferocious episodes of mudslinging, and, as is usually the case in a Carroll primary, throngs of voters stayed away from the polls.Election officials said yesterday that Carroll's contribution to Junior Tuesday -- so-called because seven states held either a primary or a caucus -- would be much the same as usual, with voter turnout reported as steady but not particularly heavy.
NEWS
March 14, 2013
On Monday night, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the O'Malley administration's proposal to make it easier to cast a ballot in Maryland despite lingering criticism from some in the GOP that somehow early voting and same-day voter registration will lead to an outbreak of voter fraud. That is about as likely as Rep. Paul Ryan endorsing Amtrak, food stamps and an expansion of Obamacare in his next budget proposal. A far better criticism of the measure is that it doesn't go far enough, or perhaps that it imposes an expensive obligation on local government without providing for a funding source.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
While some Marylanders cope with flooding and others wait for the lights to come back on, elections officials said polls everywhere should be ready in time for Election Day. In Somerset County, where 85 percent of homes lost power, dozens of roads were shut down and hundreds of residents were displaced by Sandy, election director Joanna Emely said "we're on schedule" for the vote Tuesday. Poll workers reopened the Eastern Shore county's early-voting center in Princess Anne on Wednesday morning, and officials planned to deliver voting machines to Somerset's 15 Election Day polling places Friday "We had two days out of the office, but we're fine now," Emely said.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places : Nearly 300 around city. For detailed information, contact the Board of Elections online or (410) 396-5550 Races : Mayor, Comptroller, City Council President, City Council members Other votes : Charter amendments to put aside money for repairing and building schools, and to lower the age for serving on the City Council from 21 to 18.
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November 7, 2011
I agree completely with your editorial of Nov. 3 ("Mug-slinging campaigns in city were short on issues"). and would like to comment further. While it was quite a "mud-slinging" campaign of gigantic proportions, I wonder if anyone else noticed the two policemen in full uniform with the Moe election workers (parked cruisers in full view) at the community center on Election Day? While I fully support the police force exercising their political freedom, I thought that they should have been in "civvies" while doing so without the use of taxpayers' money for their transportation.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
Daisy Alverda "Bert" Booth, who was elected to the House of Delegates from Baltimore County and was known for her strong advocacy of civil rights, died July 2 of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The former Chestnut Ridge resident was 85. The daughter of a Catonsville pharmacist and a homemaker, Daisy Alverda Stagmer was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. Mrs. Booth, who family members said never used her first name, preferred to be known as Alverda "Bert" Booth.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2011
Baltimore's election judges will be ferried to the polls by Yellow Cabs this fall, under an up-to-$30,000 deal approved by the city's Board of Estimates Thursday. The contract was not competitively bid, but awarded to Yellow Cab because it is the "only known vendor that has the proven resources" to deliver the judges, according to the board's agenda. Baltimore City Elections Board Chair Armstead B.C. Jones Sr. said that the cabs would wait outside board of elections offices near City Hall to take substitute judges to the polls during the September primary and November general election.
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By Scott Calvert and Melissa Harris and Scott Calvert and Melissa Harris,scott.calvert@baltsun.com and melissa.harris@baltsun.com | November 5, 2008
The polls weren't even open early yesterday when Heru-ka Anu began to rally his fellow voters. Anu, who said he had been waiting with his wife at the head of the line at Baltimore's Dickey Hill Elementary School since 4:30 a.m., led a chant of Barack Obama's campaign slogan, "Yes, We Can." Moments later, his wife Nana emerged from the voting booth with her thumbs poking skyward. "Yes," she exclaimed, "we did!" Across the Baltimore region and beyond, a crush of voters queued up early, often enduring waits of an hour or more with little if any complaint.
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By Robert Ruby and Robert Ruby,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 16, 2002
TIKRIT, Iraq - Mohammed Khalid has to shout to make himself heard above the chanting voters as he describes this city, the hometown of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "It is a very quiet city. Quiet, serious, kind," says Khalid, a high school English teacher, as men and women chant, and chant, preparing to cast their ballots in the country's presidential referendum yesterday. "Our people love each other. They help each other." Tikrit, according to residents' descriptions on the day when citizens were asked to vote "yes" or "no" to Hussein's staying in office another seven years, is akin to paradise.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | October 22, 2010
As early voting launches today across Maryland for the first time this year, local elected officials took to the voting booth themselves this morning to urge fellow citizens to take advantage of the extended voting hours. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings voted at Edmondson-Westside High School Friday morning and urged citizens to vote yes on several bond measures that would allow the city to borrow $100 million in the next three years to maintain city buildings, renovate some local schools and revitalize some neighborhoods.
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