Important Voting Information Nonprofits Should Be Sharing – Right Now!
Maryland’s prolonged re-districting process has delayed the primary voting dates, and together with uncoordinated shifts of many voters (and polling places) among the county, state, and federal legislative districts, is adding confusion and difficulty for voters who need to navigate new voting locations and unfamiliar candidates and incumbents on the ballot.
Voter participation is already typically weakest in the primaries during a non-presidential election year. Redistricting’s complications and delays could make this year even worse.
At the same time, those who do vote this year will decide on November 8 the fate of a constitutional amendment that legalizes possession and use of cannabis by adults 21 and older. If approved that amendment also triggers much-needed reforms to oppressive criminal laws that have disproportionately disrupted and diminished the lives and opportunities of black and brown families throughout our communities.
We urge you to join us and help promote and strengthen voting and participation in government at all levels, particularly by those who have been marginalized or disenfranchised. Nonprofits can play a critical role in helping their communities, clients and even their own staff learn more about the candidates, and when, where, and how they can exercise the basic right of citizenship.
In addition to the important dates listed below, there are plentiful resources available from the League of Women Voters and the State Board of Elections itself, that you can easily share and publicize.
The League of Women Voters’ VOTE411.ORG webpage can help people to register to vote, and also
- See Who and What’s on Their Ballot
- Check Their Voter Registration
- Find Their Polling Place
- Discover Upcoming Candidate Debates in Their Area
- Check Answers by Every Candidate to The LWV’s Nonpartisan Questionnaire
Maryland’s State Board of Elections’ own website is full of voting information including how to:
- Register to Vote Register to Vote (deadlines are June 28, 2022 for the Gubernatorial Primary Election; and October 18, 2022 for the Gubernatorial General Election)
- Request a Mail-in Ballot (requests must be received by July 12, 2022 for the Gubernatorial Primary Election; and by November 1, 2022 for the Gubernatorial General Election)
- Vote by Mail (Mail-in Ballot)
- Vote on Election Day (Gubernatorial Primary Election Day is July 19, 2022; and Gubernatorial General Election Day is November 8, 2022.)
- Learn about Accessible Voting
Early Voting: –
- Early voting centers will be open from Thursday, July 7, 2022 through Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 7 am until 8 pm for the Primary Election
- For the General Election, early voting centers will be open from Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 7 am until 8 pm
- You may vote early at any early voting center in your jurisdiction of residence or at your assigned polling place on election day.
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