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Date: Jun 1, 2018

When, where and how to vote!

For the 2018 Primary Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot.  To vote in person, voters who reside in Baltimore County can vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in Baltimore County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in Baltimore County.

"Voting is truly one of the most patriotic and important actions a person can take to make an impact and have their voice heard on issues that affect their neighborhood, schools, the environment and a host of other local and statewide issues," said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. 

Early voting centers will be open for voting from Thursday, June 14 through and including Thursday, June 21. The early voting centers in Baltimore County are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are located at:

  • Arbutus Recreation Center – 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227
  • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park - 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills – 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • Honeygo Run Community Center – 9033 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
  • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park – 3605 B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, MD 21131
  • Randallstown Community Center – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center – 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center – 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
  • Towson University Administrative Building – 7720 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
  • Woodlawn Community Center – 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
  • Victory Villa Community Center – 404 E Compass Road, Middle River, MD 21220

Baltimore County voters may vote at any one of the designated early voting centers.  A list of early voting locations can be found at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/documents/2018_Early_Voting_Centers_web.pdf

Voters who prefer to vote on Election Day can vote on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.  On Election Day, polling places will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Where Do I Vote?

During early voting, Baltimore County voters should vote at a designated early voting center in Baltimore County.  There is at least one early voting center in every county.  Centers are located at accessible facilities with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county.  Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html

On Election Day, Baltimore County voters should vote at their assigned polling place.  Voters can find their assigned precinct by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Baltimore County Board of Elections or by clicking the Where Do I Vote link at: https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/elections/polllocator.html or by selecting the Where Do I Vote map on your BALTCOGO mobile app. .  Voters who have moved, but have not updated their address with the Baltimore County Board of Elections, should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections.  It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted.

How Do I Vote?

Maryland elections are conducted with a paper-based voting system. Voters will cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use a pen to mark a paper ballot by hand and voters unable to mark a ballot by hand will use a ballot marking device. All voters will insert their marked paper ballots into a scanner. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot.

For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot.  Absentee voters, who choose to receive their ballot electronically, print their own paper ballot to mark by hand.  Voters fill in the oval next to each candidate and ballot question response they select.  An online ballot marking tool is also available.  Using the tool, voters mark their ballot using their computer, then print their paper ballot and return it by mail.  At the Baltimore County Board of Elections, absentee ballots are fed into a scanning unit which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters.  All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.

How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?

Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax.  Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot.  The deadline to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is Tuesday, June 19, 2018.   The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, June 22, 2018.   Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template.  If a Baltimore County voter misses the above deadlines, but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections before 8pm on Election Day.  Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html for more information.

Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day or mailed on or before Election Day and received by the local board by Friday, July 6, 2018. All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.

What is a Provisional Ballot?

A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote.  Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot.  It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.

All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election.  A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Baltimore County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. Additional information about provisional voting is available at:  https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html

Voters can visit http://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/index.html for more 2018 election information or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410.887.5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).


Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” features a memorial tribute to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a major fire safety initiative, summer crime prevention and an interview with BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

A Tribute to Kevin Kamenetz – Watch a memorial tribute to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, highlighting his lasting legacy.

Avoid Summertime Crime – Cpl. Shawn Vinson of the Baltimore County Police Department offers some real-world advice to prevent crimes of opportunity this summer.

Smoke and CO Alarms Save Lives – Is your home safe? Find out about County Fire crews offering free home safety visits and smoke/CO alarms for eligible residents.

BCPS Superintendent Verletta White – Hear firsthand from the  Superintendent of Schools about her priorities and student-centered approach to creating safe and effective learning environments.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.                     


By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

Some of the best summer memories might just be around the corner and up the road. Baltimore County Recreation and Parks has a summer filled with fun, family, friends. Get your summer off to a cool start with a Colonial Market Fair, Bonfire and Hike Night, Edgestock Music Festival, an Amphibian Walk, Jazz Concerts, and more.  Read on – and enjoy!

Friday, June 1

Saturday, June 2

Sunday, June 3

Tuesday, June 5

Wednesday, June 6

Thursdays, June 7 through October 18

Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10

Wednesday, June 13

Thursday, June 14

Friday, June 15

Saturday, June 16

Sunday, June 17

Mondays – June 18 through July 23

Tuesday, June 19

Wednesday, June 20

Thursday, June 21

Friday, June 22

  • Great American Campout (reservations required – concludes June 23)    Lake Roland
  • Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, June 23

Sunday, June 24

Monday, June 25

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29

Wednesday, June 27

Thursday, June 28

Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

Plan ahead with the full Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Summer Listing of Fun Stuff to Do!  There’s camps, events, kid’s things, family fun and grown-up fun all summer long.

What a great way to spend your summer, right in your home County.

 

 

 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017