I wanted to share a letter sent to the Board of Elections last week outlining concerns about inhibiting the rights of in-person voters. I’ve also provided information about how to obtain a mail-in ballot if that is your choice, and how to apply to be an election judge.
Senate Republican Caucus Letter to the State Board of Elections
Recently, my Republican Senate colleagues and I sent a follow-up letter to the State Board of Elections detailing our concerns over the reduced number of in-person voting locations. Since Governor Hogan refused to have an all mail-in General Election, the Maryland Board of Elections has done everything in their power to make it difficult for people to vote in person.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford Announces Opioid/Substance Use Grant Awards - Includes over $300,000 for Carroll
Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced earlier this week that Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, in coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, will distribute grants for fiscal year 2021 to fight the opioid and substance use crisis including:
-$137,803 for Carroll County to continue to support mobile crisis services.
-$108,000 to support Carroll County Public Schools’ opioid abuse prevention project involving a partnership with the Carroll County Health Department and Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.
-$85,000 to provide prevention-focused programming at Sykesville Middle School in Carroll County.
Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to the opioid crisis and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, enforcement, and treatment. Marylanders struggling with a substance use disorder can find help at BeforeItsTooLate.Maryland.gov; through our state's crisis hotline, Call 211, Press 1; or by texting their ZIP code to 898-211.
Voter Registration and Mail-in Ballot Requests
Although in-person voting will be available this fall, if you plan to mail in your ballot, you must request a ballot. To do so, visit the Voter Registration and Mail-in Ballot Request page on the Maryland State Board of Elections website at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1
Maryland Needs Election Judges
Like many of you, I have concerns about all-mail voting. I'm glad we are doing in-person voting and absentee ballot application mail here instead of the state just mailing out "live" ballots to all registered voters at their last known address. However - local election boards have said that a lack of poll workers could be a serious problem.
If you want to help ensure that in-person voting takes place as it should, learn the voting process from the inside and volunteer to help our community, you can serve as an election judge, click here for more information or to apply. The position does receive (modest) payment so it's not simply a volunteer commitment. I am aware that some have volunteered and not heard back yet, my understanding is that there will be communication soon.
My staff continues to work remotely and can be reached at Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us or by calling 410-841-3683. Both email and voicemail will be checked regularly. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
As always, I want you to know it is my honor to represent you in the State Senate. Again, your feedback and ideas are always welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com or by contacting my office.