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By Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 25, 2014
For one of the state's most tech-savvy regions, it's a quaint process - paper ballots, delivered in person at village centers, to decide community leaders. Saturday is Election Day in Columbia, and voters will head to the polls. Well, some of them. If the past is any indication, interest in the annual Columbia village elections on Saturday will be scant. In a community with a population of more than 100,000, turnout is consistently under 10 percent of eligible voters. By comparison, Howard County saw a voter turnout of nearly 20 percent in the 2012 primary and more than 80 percent in the general election.
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April 25, 2014
To those of you living in Harper's Choice, if you've already decided for whom you're voting in the village elections come Saturday, great; it's good to have convictions. But my sense is that most people don't have strong convictions about the CA board and can't tell much of a difference between one candidate and the other. On paper, pretty much every candidate sounds good, wouldn't you agree? But in person, how people act, function, collaborate and solve problems - well, that's a very different story.
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February 22, 2009
The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold annual village elections on April 25. The association is seeking candidates to run for seven open seats on the Oakland Mills board and one open seat as the Oakland Mills representative to the Columbia Council. Terms are for one year. Nominations will be accepted Tuesday through March 13. Nomination petitions and candidate information packets are available at The Other Barn. Information: Sandy Cederbaum at 410-730-4610, omca@columbiavillages.
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By Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 25, 2014
For one of the state's most tech-savvy regions, it's a quaint process - paper ballots, delivered in person at village centers, to decide community leaders. Saturday is Election Day in Columbia, and voters will head to the polls. Well, some of them. If the past is any indication, interest in the annual Columbia village elections on Saturday will be scant. In a community with a population of more than 100,000, turnout is consistently under 10 percent of eligible voters. By comparison, Howard County saw a voter turnout of nearly 20 percent in the 2012 primary and more than 80 percent in the general election.
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By Natalie Harvey and Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 15, 1997
THIS WEEKEND, residents have a vote in the future of their villages.In Owen Brown village, two candidates are listed for the Village Board election -- Maud Banks and Jay Stearman. The Village Board election is the only contested vote because this is an off year for the Columbia Council representative election in Owen Brown.Voting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Owen Brown Place, 7080 Cradlerock Way, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Parkview Apartments, 7080 Cradlerock Way, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Owen Brown Village Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.Voting hours are also from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Owen Brown Village Center.
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April 2, 2002
For the first time, Long Reach Community Association will mail ballots for village elections to each household in the village. Owners and tenants of Long Reach lien-paying properties are entitled to vote in the annual elections. One ownership vote and one tenancy vote is allowed per household. Absentee ballots should be requested, in writing, no later than April 10, or they can be picked up at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, until April 19. Absentee ballots must be returned to Stonehouse by 6 p.m. April 19 or to a member of the Long Reach election committee by midnight.
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April 15, 2000
VOTERS IN six village centers speak today about government in Columbia: specifically about who runs it -- but also about its shape, tone and intelligence. Some 33 years after the late James W. Rouse's great experiment -- his new town of diversity and democracy -- an overhaul is overdue. Columbia may not need to become an incorporated city -- though an argument could be made for that change. But it certainly should become a professionally run governmental enterprise, open and responsive to the city's 87,000 citizens.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | April 15, 1992
Criticism about the way the Columbia Association collects and spendsmoney and a dispute over batting cages may help enliven the normallyuneventful Columbia village elections this year.Two members of the Columbia Council -- which is composed of one representative from each village -- face challenges in the April 25 village elections. Challengers also are trying to wrest seats from village association board members in four of Columbia's 10 villages. The newly inhabited village of River Hill will have its first elections next year.
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By LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | March 12, 2006
Del. Elizabeth Bobo is attempting to stop what she calls taxation without representation in some pockets of Columbia. After discovering that some Town Center residents live in new developments that have not been annexed into Columbia - thereby making the residents ineligible to vote in village elections, despite paying an annual charge to the Columbia Association - the Howard County Democrat is introducing emergency state legislation that would consolidate...
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | March 1, 2006
Linda Wengel lives in the heart of Columbia and wants to run for a seat on her village board this spring, but she can't. Wengel's new apartment at the Evergreens, in a building for seniors next to The Mall in Columbia, is -- like every other new building in the planned town -- in a legal purgatory. Owners of new buildings must pay the taxlike property lien to the Columbia Association, but the buildings have not been legally annexed into Columbia, so their residents can't participate in village affairs.
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April 19, 2009
The Harper's Choice Community Association village election and an Earth Day Fair will be held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, in the Harper's Choice Village Center. Chesapeake Solar, the Howard County Climate Change Initiative, and Columbia Wildlife and Habitat Committee will offer information on how to live a greener life. Children and adults will have an opportunity to make pine cone bird feeders and toad abodes, and plant seeds. Information: 410-730-0770.
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February 22, 2009
The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold annual village elections on April 25. The association is seeking candidates to run for seven open seats on the Oakland Mills board and one open seat as the Oakland Mills representative to the Columbia Council. Terms are for one year. Nominations will be accepted Tuesday through March 13. Nomination petitions and candidate information packets are available at The Other Barn. Information: Sandy Cederbaum at 410-730-4610, omca@columbiavillages.
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April 23, 2008
Village elections for Columbia Council members and village board members will be Friday and Saturday. Voters may be asked to provide proof of residency. Because there are no contested races, Owen Brown is not holding an election. Dorsey's Search When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City At stake: Village board -- Three seats open. Contact: 410-730-4005 Harper's Choice When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Outside near Safeway.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | April 22, 2007
All five incumbents recaptured their seats yesterday on the Columbia Council, including those in four contested village races. Board Chairman Tom O'Connor, a three-term member from Dorsey's Search, and Barbara L. Russell of Oakland Mills, who faced her first challenge in six years and sought her eighth term, prevailed, as did Miles Coffman, a seven-year incumbent representing Hickory Ridge. Philip W. Kirsch of Wilde Lake defeated his opponent in a rematch from last year, and Henry F. Dagenais, the Long Reach incumbent, ran unopposed.
NEWS
April 16, 2006
Some things never change. Take, for example, the task of getting Columbia residents to vote in village elections. This is the lead paragraph from an April 6, 1980, article in the Howard Sun: "It seems to take all kinds of gimmicks to get Columbia residents out for an election. And no one, it seems, knows that better than the village managers and their election committee chairmen, many of whom are planning extensive hoopla in their village center on election day, April 19, to draw voters from the 10 percent of the village households needed for a vaild election."
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | April 16, 2006
The future development of Town Center and the need for open lines of communication between residents and the Columbia Association board are the key issues echoing from six candidates vying for three Columbia Council seats. With two incumbents not seeking re-election - Wolfger Schneider of Harper's Choice and Joshua Feldmark of Wilde Lake - the council will have at least two new faces next month. The Columbia Council seats up for re-election are in Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown, Town Center and Wilde Lake.
NEWS
April 16, 2006
Some things never change. Take, for example, the task of getting Columbia residents to vote in village elections. This is the lead paragraph from an April 6, 1980, article in the Howard Sun: "It seems to take all kinds of gimmicks to get Columbia residents out for an election. And no one, it seems, knows that better than the village managers and their election committee chairmen, many of whom are planning extensive hoopla in their village center on election day, April 19, to draw voters from the 10 percent of the village households needed for a vaild election."
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 5, 2001
BEIJING - Former President Jimmy Carter said yesterday that he does not expect elections in China to expand beyond the local level in the near future, reinforcing a widely held belief that the world's last major Communist state has no plans to institute major political reforms in the foreseeable future. "I don't see any immediate prospect of it, no," said Carter during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. "It's a matter of evolutionary change." Still, Carter said he was upbeat about the long-term possibility for broader elections in China, where the Communist Party maintains a monopoly on political power.
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By LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | March 31, 2006
Columbia's Town Center is delaying its village elections by a week in hopes that by that time two new developments will be annexed into the village, allowing those residents to participate in the elections. The elections have been bumped from April 22 to April 29, allowing more time for a number of details to fall into place, including the approval of state legislation that would consolidate those parcels into Columbia. The Town Center board unanimously agreed Tuesday night to delay the elections for the village board and the Columbia Council.
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