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We have a bunch of news to get into but first, with the first big round of absentee ballots coming out, I wanted to be sure to share some important info about what's on the ballot besides the Presidential and Congressional races in Maryland.

First, I'd like to ask you to join me in supporting Richard Titus for continuance as our Carroll County Circuit Court Judge.

Judge Titus is a strong, fair law-and-order judge who has demonstrated a wise intellect and a belief in justice and fundamental fairness. In addition to the support of our District 5 Team (myself and Delegates Krebs, Rose and Shoemaker), he's received the endorsement of Sheriff Jim DeWees and the Carroll County Fraternal Order of Police as well as our State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo. He is the clear, best choice in this race.

For Board of Education, I'm supporting Donna Sivigny and Marsha Herbert. They have both been trying to get our schools back open and have been fiscally conservative, common sense voices on the Carroll School Board.

Also, there are two ballot initiatives that Maryland voters will be faced with. 

Question 1: 

This is a proposed constitutional amendment that was rushed through in the final days of our abbreviated 2020 Session. It would allow the Maryland General Assembly to increase, decrease and move money around in the state’s budget categories. While it would be subject to an overall cap, this would remove a great deal of the governor of Maryland's power in controlling the budget. If it passed it would not take effect until 2023. However, it would remove an important safeguard for fiscal responsibility. Even under Democrat governors, the executive was still more controlled than the General Assembly which is being more and more dominated by extremely liberal legislators who are unconcerned with long-term ramifications when they can just power through tax increases and borrow to cover deficits.

Under rules in place for more than a century, Maryland legislatures have been limited in their budgetary power to reducing or eliminating appropriations from governors’ proposed budgets. I strongly suggest a NO vote on this amendment.

Question 2:

This amendment would allow the General Assembly to pass legislation authorizing the State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to issue sports betting licenses. Currently all gaming changes have to be put into the constitution which is why this ballot initiative was needed. Previously, I opposed the expansion of table and casino gaming in Maryland for a variety of reasons including the fact that it was being used in ways that was different than how it was being portrayed. However, tens of millions of dollars in underground and out of state sports gambling takes place in Maryland every year and there are many folks who fall prey to unsrupulous operators. So this amendment allows the state government to put safeguards and regulate the industry. Nearly every state in America is either allowing or moving to allow this practice. I don't personally gamble and if you strongly oppose gambling, you may want to vote no. However, I supported adding it to the ballot because I felt it should be something that is legislated carefully and Maryland should not be losing the revenue to Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Maryland Child Care Centers to Open to Full Capacity - Finally!

Yesterday, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced that child care providers in Maryland are now able to return to the full teacher to child ratios and capacities for which they are licensed. This is something that Delegates Krebs, Rose & Shoemaker and I have been advocating for since the late spring and an important step in reopening Maryland so that parents can more fully return to work. Child care centers can now serve up to 20 three- and four-year-olds in a room with a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students and up to 30 school-age students with a ratio of 1 teacher to 15 students. Providers must continue to follow all appropriate public health and safety guidance. 

You're Invited! Ready Fall Family Fundraiser - Island Green in Westminster:

This has been an incredibly trying year for all of us. We are fighting to come out on the other side and heading into an incredibly important Presidential election. I also know that people are sick and tired of being stuck at home!

To that end, my team and I wanted to have some fun. We are holding our Annual Fall Family Fundraiser on Wednesday, October 14th from 5:00-7:00 PM at Island Greene Family Fun Center in Westminster.

Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorships are also available for $2000, 1000, $500, or $300. Children under 18 are free!

Attendees will have access to the mini-golf course and driving range with balls provided. We’ll have boxed meals provided by Molli’s Café in Westminster. We will be complying with all health department safety regulations as we support these two local, small businesses.

Whether you can join us or not, your donation of $50, $100 or any amount you can spare by clicking here will help make the event a success.

2020 Election Information

  • All Carroll County voters will be mailed a postcard with information provided on our website in September.
  • All Carroll County voters will be mailed a sample ballot in late-September/early-October.
  •       In-Person Early Voting will be held from Monday, October 26-Monday, November 2 from 7am-8pm every day, including Saturday and Sunday. It will be located at the Westminster Senior Center and South Carroll Swim Club. See the “Early Voting” quick link under the “Voter Registration” tab at the top of this page.
  • Election Day is, of course, Tuesday, November 3 from 7am-8pm. A limited number of in person voting centers will be available. I am not pleased with the fact that it's fewer locations than normal. However, I wanted to be sure you know where to go. Voters in Carroll County can go to any of these sites to vote on Election Day.

Francis Scott Key High School

3825 Bark Hill Rd. Union Bridge, MD 21791

Liberty High School

5855 Bartholow Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784

Manchester Valley High School

3300 Maple Grove Rd. Manchester, MD 21102

Old New Windsor Community Room

1100 Green Valley Rd. New Windsor, MD 21776

North Carroll Middle School

2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074

Parr’s Ridge Elementary School

202 Watersville Rd. Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Pleasant Valley Fire Hall

2030 S Pleasant Valley Rd. Westminster, MD 21158

Sandymount Elementary

2222 Old Westminster Pike Finksburg, MD 21048

South Carroll High School

1300 W Old Liberty Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784

South Carroll Swim Club

1900 W Liberty Rd. Westminster, MD 21157

Taneytown Elementary School

100 Kings Dr. Taneytown, MD 21787

Westminster Senior Center

125 Stoner Ave. Westminster, MD 21157

Winter’s Mill High School

560 Gorsuch Rd. Westminster, MD 21157

 

  • All voters should have also received a mail-in ballot application in late-August. If a voter sends an application for a mail-in ballot, they will not be eligible to vote a regular ballot in-person. They will be required to vote a provisional ballot. Ballots will be mailed in late-September. All applications and all ballots will be sent with a pre-paid postage envelope for easy return. If you want to vote this way but do not wish to return by mail, drop boxes will be available:
  • Secure drop boxes for voted mail-in ballots will be available from October 1 through 8pm on Tuesday, November 3 every day, 24 hours a day. These drop boxes will be located at the following spots:

Board of Elections Office

300 S Center St. Westminster, MD 21157

Liberty High School

5855 Bartholow Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784

North Carroll Senior Center

2328 Hanover Pike Hampstead, MD 21074

Taneytown Police Station

120 E Baltimore St. Taneytown, MD 21787

South Carroll Swim Club

1900 W Liberty Rd. Westminster, MD 21157

Westminster Senior Center

125 Stoner Ave. Westminster, MD 21157

You can reach me personally anytime at SenatorReady@gmail.com. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.