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Elections Government Montgomery County

Day 4 of Early Voting Outpaces 2016

17,698 voters participated in Early Voting in Montgomery County, MD on Day 4. In the 2016 General Election, only 13,831 voters exercised their right to vote on Day 4. The Germantown voting center saw the most voters on Day 4 with a total of 2,374 votes cast.

A total of 87,453 voters have cast their votes in Early Voting so far.

Voting Center LocationTotal
Bohrer Park1996
Damascus1347
Executive Office Building1108
Germantown2374
Lawton1495
MidCounty1142
Potomac2182
Praisner1391
Sandy Spring1329
Silver Spring Civic Center1298
Wheaton2036

If you still haven’t filled out your ballot, check out The 2020 MoCo Local Election Guide.

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Elections Montgomery County State

2020 General Election Voting FAQ’s

Have questions about voting in Montgomery County in 2020? Here’s a guide with some of the frequently asked questions I’ve been getting. If you have a question that isn’t below, feel free to reach out to me!

I didn’t receive my mail-in ballot. What should I do?

Call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at (240) 777-VOTE (8683) as soon as possible. They can sort it out and let you know how to proceed.

I requested a mail-in ballot but want to vote in person. Can I?

Yes! But! You will need to fill out a provisional ballot (to make sure you didn’t also send in your mail-in ballot).

My mail-in ballot arrived but the envelope and/or ballot was damaged or destroyed. What can I do?

Call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at (240) 777-VOTE (8683) as soon as possible.

My mail-in ballot still shows are “received” when I check the status of my ballot. When will it move to “accepted”?

The Montgomery County Board of Elections has confirmed that mail-in ballots won’t move to “accepted” until at least Election Day. They do not start counting ballots until then. Be patient, it could take several days after the election to count them all.

Don’t see your question? Ask below!

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Elections Government Montgomery County

Montgomery County voters continue to break Early Voting Turnout Records in Day 3 of Early Voting

22,792 voters participated in Day 3 of Early Voting in person. In 2016, only 16,411 voters participated in Day 3 of in person Early Voting. The Bohrer Park location in Gaithersburg led the totals with 3,190 voters.

Voting Center LocationTotal
Bohrer Park3190
Damascus1258
Executive Office Building1098
Germantown2879
Lawton2025
MidCounty1138
Potomac2854
Praisner1997
Sandy Spring1695
Silver Spring Civic Center2019
Wheaton2639

If you still haven’t filled out your ballot, check out The 2020 MoCo Local Election Guide.

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Elections Montgomery County

Sitting Judges File Restraining Order Against Pierre

In what is probably one of the more petty things I’ve witnessed in local politics, the campaign for Elect Sitting Judges, which includes Judges David A. Boynton, Christopher C. Fogleman, Bibi M. Berry, and Michael McAuliffe, have filed a restraining order against Marilyn Pierre and her campaign because a campaign volunteer allegedly referred to Pierre as a “judge”.

First reported by Adam Pagnucco at The Seventh State, the restraining order prevents Pierre and her campaign from referring to Pierre as a judge.

In The 2020 MoCo Local Election Guide, I recommended that the only judge you vote for is Marilyn Pierre. I’d like to reiterate that recommendation.

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Elections Government Montgomery County State

First Day Early Voter Turnout Surpasses 2016

Marylanders turned out on the first day of in person Early Voting. Over 128,000 stood in line to vote as of 5:30pm.

Mail-in ballots are also being returned at record rates. So far in Montgomery County, 219,852 ballots have been returned. In Maryland, 947,941 total ballots have been returned.

Update

Early voter turnout in Montgomery County also broke 2016 records. A total of 24,359 votes were cast in person on the first day of Early Voting. This is about 3,000 more votes than the first day of Early Voting in the 2016 General Election.

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State

Bills to Repeal the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights Drafted in Both MD House and MD Senate

Last week, State Senator Jill P. Carter of Baltimore announced that she had drafted the bill to repeal the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights in the Maryland Senate.

One of Montgomery County’s Delegates, Delegate Gabriel Acevero, has submitted the draft request for the House.

Maryland was the first state to enact a Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights and has one of the strongest bills that protects cops, on par with states like Mississippi. Repealing LEOBR would end several protections that prevent law enforcement from being held accountable for their actions and would allow disciplinary records to be made public, which currently is not the case.

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County Council Education Uncategorized

Legislation will be introduced to remove SROs from schools

On Saturday at a protest calling for the defunding of Montgomery County Police, Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer announced that they would introduce legislation that would remove school resource officers from Montgomery County Public Schools. They will recommend that these funds be used to increase mental health resources, including counselors, and nurses.

Councilmember Jawando stated that:

“It’s not just enough to remove the potential harm of the police, you’ve got to invest that money into things the kids need. … It’s our job to say what our police can and cannot do,” Jawando said in an interview on Saturday. “We pass the laws and the executive has to implement them. It’s totally within our rights since this SRO program is totally funded through the police budget, that we would say, ‘Hey, you can’t do that.’”

Jawando, Riemer announce bill to get rid of police officers in schools

Previously, the Montgomery County School Board requested further research into the issue before making a decision. When this issue was brought before the Montgomery County Council, several members were reluctant to make any changes and tabled the discussion until the Board of Education made recommendations.

Data that is currently available has shown that Black youth are disproportionately arrested at MCPS schools. This correlates with findings nationally.

If you support the removal of police from schools, you should email all of the Councilmembers, as well as the County Executive. Their e-mails are below. If you need a template for what to say, I’ve placed what I sent below as well.

TO: marc.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov, councilmember.glass@montgomerycountymd.gov, councilmember.hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov, Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov, councilmember.riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov, Councilmember.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov, Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov, councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov, councilmember.katz@montgomerycountymd.gov, councilmember.navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov

BODY:

Dear County Executive Elrich, Council President Katz, and members of the County Council,

My name is Vito Anastasia and I live in Bethesda. I’ve lived in Montgomery County for the past five years and have decided to make it my home. In the past few years I’ve been an active member of the local queer community, a member of the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County, and have started MoCo Local as a passion project.

I write to you today to ask that you abolish School Resource Officers from Montgomery County Public Schools. Councilmember Jawando and Councilmember Riemer will be introducing legislation to do just that and I urge you to support it.

We know that Black students make up just 21% of the student population but account for 48% of arrests at MCPS. We also know that Maryland incarcerates Black youth and adults at much higher rates than many other states. Students do not need police in schools. They need more counselors, access to more and better programs for youth, workforce development opportunities, and free, safe public spaces. We have got to stop criminalizing and penalizing students when we do not offer adequate services to help them navigate all of the struggles that they face. We have to end the school to prison pipeline.

I urge the County Council to abolish the School Resource Officer program and instead:

  1. Reinvest funds into mental health programs and resources, including additional counselors
  2. Reinvest funds into more full-time nurses
  3. Invest in harm reduction programs including affordable housing, homelessness services for youth, workforce development, and dedicated free and safe spaces for youth

Police do not prevent crime, they react to it. We have been witness to countless murders at police hands and have seen how different Black youth and adults are policed versus white youth and adults. We have to do better.

Best regards,

Vito Anastasia

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Government State

Governor Hogan Extends Eviction Moratorium Until January 4th

Governor Larry Hogan today extended the eviction moratorium until at least January 4th through Executive Order.

The Executive Order is below.

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State

Governor Hogan Votes for Reagan

The Washington Post reported today that Governor Larry Hogan wrote in Ronald Reagan instead of voting for anyone alive…or actually a candidate.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he “voted for Ronald Reagan” in this year’s election, writing in the name of the late president and conservative icon after concluding that he could support neither President Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Turned off by Trump, Maryland’s GOP governor casts write-in vote for Ronald Reagan

Several local and state politicians were critical of the move, as well as residents. State Delegate Vaughn Stewart rightly called out Ronald Reagan’s history as destructive:

Delegate Vaughn Stewart on Twitter

Delegate Eric Luedtke likened Hogan’s performative ballot write-in to a vote for Trump:

Delegate Eric Luedtke on Twitter

The Post’s report also noted that Hogan considers Ronald Reagan a political hero:

Hogan, 64, called Reagan “my hero in politics” alongside his late father, Larry Hogan Sr., whom he wrote in for president in 2016 after deciding that he could not support Trump or then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Turned off by Trump, Maryland’s GOP governor casts write-in vote for Ronald Reagan

Let’s take a look at some of the things that Reagan stood for:

  • Tax cuts for the rich
  • Cutting social safety nets
  • Increasing military spending
  • Deregulation of markets
  • The murder of hundreds of thousands of gay men in the United States, millions throughout the world, during the AIDS epidemic
  • Expanding the war on drugs which started the mass incarceration of Black Americans
  • The invasion of several Latin American countries under the banner of “anti-communism” (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala)

If Reagan is Hogan’s political hero then you’d think he would also really love Donald Trump who has basically the same policies as Reagan.

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Montgomery County

Montgomery County Sponsors Free Flu Vaccine Clinics

Starting on October 21st, Montgomery County will sponsor four free vaccine clinics throughout the county.

County-sponsored seasonal flu vaccination clinics will include free clinics for residents over the age of 14 and two free clinics specifically for children ages six months to 18 years of age. This year there will be one drive-thru flu clinic. The County will offer flu shots only.  High-dose flu vaccine and FluMist will not be available.

County Health Officials Urge Residents to Get a Flu Shot; Online Appointment System Available for Clinics
DateTimeLocationAddressAgeWalkups?
Wednesday, Oct. 2110am – 2pmWhite Oak Community Recreation Center1700 April Lane, Silver Spring14+Yes
Wednesday, Oct. 282pm – 6pmUniversities at Shady Grove Parking Garage9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville14+Yes
Saturday, Nov. 78:30am – 3:30pmDennis Avenue Health Center2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring6mo – 18 yearsNo
Saturday, Nov. 218:30am – 3:30pmDennis Avenue Health Center2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring6mo – 18 yearsNo

You can make an appointment for these clinics on the County’s Flu site or by calling 311.