League Of Women Voters
It certainly seems like March arrived well ahead of schedule, doesnít it? The next two months are going to be a little crazy as primary season kicks into gear.
We will sponsor two candidate forums. Our Board of Education forum will be held on March 5 at 6 pm at the Department of Education. Our Congressional and Judicial forum will be held on March 8 at 7 pm at the George Howard Building. Weíd love to have you attend and ask questions during the forum or get a chance to speak with the candidates directly before and after the forum. In addition to broadcasting the forums on television, weíre making efforts to make the content more easily accessible to voters by breaking the forums up into smaller sections and posting them online. So look for that later in the month.
Weíre still recruiting volunteers to do poll evaluations. This is, oddly enough, always one of my favorite activities the League participates in. (This might not seem odd to other League members, but I tend to get strange looks from my non political-nerd friends when I tell them that Iím spending Election Day visiting a half dozen polling places.) Elections in Howard County tend to run very well, but itís always good to be a part of making sure thatís the case each year.
Outside of the elections, we have unit meetings to discuss the Privatization of Government Functions. At the Winter Workshop this was a difficult one to work through. We had a tendency to get hung up on the specifics rather than looking at the practices that would ensure responsible privatization. Itís a tricky but really fascinating issue thatís only going to become more important as we move forward. So please read through the information provided by National and join us at one of the unit meetings this month.
In conclusion, here are the answers to this seasonís Frequently Asked Questions About The Primary:
The deadline for Voter Registration (both new and changing existing) is March 13.
Early Voting will take place at 3 locations throughout Howard County (Ridgleyís Run, Florence Bain, and the Ellicott City Senior Center) March 24-29. Voters can also always vote via absentee ballot. They can also vote on Election Day itself on April 3.
Even if you arenít registered with one of the major two parties, you can still participate in the primary election. Anyone is able to vote for our Board of Education and our Judicial candidates.
Hereís to surviving the winter unscathed.
|*||From the March 2012 issue of The Voter|
|Prior Presidents' messages can be found in previous versions of The Voter|
|Last Updated: March 11, 2012||Top|