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April 3 Is a Great Day to Vote
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by Betsy Johnson | 2011

Did you know that many critical races in the state are decided in the primary? I’m sorry to say that many of our Maryland members do not vote in the primary. Here are some reasons why primaries are so important:

 

April 3 Is a Great Day to Vote

 


 

By Betsy Johnson—Did you know that many critical races in the state are decided in the primary? I’m sorry to say that many of our Maryland members do not vote in the primary. Here are some reasons why primaries are so important:

 

uuuuMany of the races are decided in the primary because many of our districts are overwhelmingly Democratic or Republican.

 

uuuuRedistricting this year will make some districts up for grabs. As I write this, I’m hearing about individuals who might be running for the Democratic nomination in District 6 (which includes the Maryland panhandle and east of it). And there may be challenges to sitting U.S. Representatives in other districts. We’ve heard that Glen Ivey will be challenging Donna Edwards, and perhaps others will also be challenging Edwards—and in a redistricting year no one is really safe. Your vote in such instances will count for so much more in the primary than in the general election.

 

uuuuYour voting after considering the Sierra Club’s recommendations gives the Sierra Club political clout.

 

uuuuWe are privileged to be able to vote in democratic elections. We should take every opportunity to exercise that privilege.

 

uuuuWe need to vote to diminish corporate influence over our political process.

 

I hope these reasons will convince every single one of you to come out and vote on April 3 or during the early voting period from March 24-29. Now that early voting is in force, there’s no excuse not to vote. You have many opportunities to get to the polls. See MDEarlyVote.com for more information on when and where you can vote during early voting (March 24-29). If you think you won’t be able to vote on April 3, you can either request an absentee ballot or vote early at one of the designated early voting locations. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is March 27. You can find more information about absentee ballots and early voting by calling your local election office. The phone number for your local election office is at http://www.elections.state.md.us/about/county_boards.html.

 

For answers to other questions about the primary election on April 3, go to: http://www.elections.state.md.us.

 

Betsy Johnson is the former political chair of the Maryland Chapter.

 

 

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