Friday, November 2, 2012
Headcount’s Participation Tour, which features Dumpstaphunk and Anders Osborne, aims to increase voter registration and benefits Hurricane Sandy relief. The tour rolls through Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City this week.
Musicians will rock out and get their funk on for Hurricane Sandy aid and voter registration for the next four nights. HeadCount and Magic Hat Brewing Company have teamed up for this year’s Participation Tour, which is anchored by funk outfit Dumpstaphunk and folk rocker Anders Osborne, both from New Orleans. While the tour’s original aim was to register more voters for the upcoming election, HeadCount announced Thursday that all proceeds from the four-day tour will be donated to the Red Cross and other relief efforts. “In an election year we get very focused on voter registration, but something we like to say is ‘make your voice heard every day, not just on election day,’” HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein said via email. “You…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
You won't be able to vote in the general election unless you register before Oct. 16.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
By CARL STRAUMSHEIM - Capital News Service WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for their second debate in Hempstead, N.Y., the battle lines in Maryland will already have been drawn -- eligible voters must have registered to vote before then. Donna Duncan, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Board of Elections, said the agency is experiencing a rush of people registering to vote before Tuesday’s deadline -- a common event in presidential election years. Online traffic peaked on Oct. 4, the day after the first presidential debate in Denver, when more than 6,000 Marylanders accessed the online registration system. On an average day, the system logs about 2,500 visits, which can be …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
State Board of Elections mails 1.1 million Maryland Voters in an effort to increase voter registration across the state.
UPDATED (2:48 p.m.)—A postcard mailed by the Maryland State Board of Elections has caused concern for some Maryland voters and increased work for local boards of elections. The post card, mailed last week, was part of an effort by the Maryland State Board of Elections to verify voter registration records and register eligible voters, according to Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator for the state board of elections. The agency attempted to match data between the voter registration rolls and state drivers license records. "As with any data match, there were a number of false positives," said Goldstein. About 1.1 million post cards were mailed. The state board of elections estimates the mailing was 98 percent accurate—meaning it reached …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Maryland is one of a handful of states nationwide offering the service.
Residents in Maryland with a valid drivers’ license or identification card can now register to vote online for the first time, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced recently. Mary Wagner, Maryland’s director of voter registration at the State Board of Elections, called the move, which was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2011, “fairly cutting edge.” Will you register to vote online? Or do you prefer the paper method? Tell us in comments. She said state officials did a soft launch of the online voter registration tool July 9 and moved it to the main state elections home page on last week. Maryland is one of 13 states with online voter registration either implemented or approved by state lawmakers, according to the National Conference of …