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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

AN OVERVIEW OF 2010 MD/VA/DC ELECTIONS

In the District of Columbia, there will be elections for D.C. Congressional Representative, Mayor, members of the D.C. Council, and members of the D.C. School Board. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd. To be eligible to vote in the primary you must be registered by Monday, August 16th. To be eligible to vote in the general election you must be registered by Monday, October 4th. D.C. law permits in-person and mailed absentee balloting. For further information, please contact the District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics by way of the Internet at http://www.dcboee.org/ or by phone at 202-727-2525 or toll free at 1-866-DC VOTES.

Maryland’s Federal Election involves all nine Congressional seats and one Senate seat. 2010 is also a State Election year. These elections include the Governor, Lt. Governor, State Comptroller, Attorney General, and all members of the State House and State Senate. In addition, there are County elections in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Wicomoco. These elections include the County Executive, members of the County Council, State's Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Probate Judge, and Register of Wills.

The Maryland primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd. You must be registered as a Democrat or a Republican to vote in a party primary. Deadline for changing your party affiliation is 9 PM, Tuesday, June 22nd. You must be registered to vote by August 24th to be eligible to vote in the September 14th primaries. You must be registered to vote by October 12th to be eligible to vote in the November 2nd general election.

Maryland law permits in-person and mailed absentee balloting. Please contact the Maryland State Board of Elections over the Internet at http://www.elections.state.md.us/ or by phone at 410-269-2840 or toll free at 800-222-8683 for further information.

Virginia has a Federal Election in 2010 involving all of its eleven Congressional seats. Neither of the two US Senators is up for election. You do not register by party in Virginia and are permitted to vote in either primary, if held. The two main parties have their own rules governing whether they hold a primary. If there is a primary it most likely will be held on Tuesday, June 8th. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd. Traditionally you must be registered three weeks before an election. You must be registered to vote by Tuesday, October 12th in order to vote in the general election. Absentee voting, both in person and by mail, is allowed under Virginia State Law. It is a more restrictive process than in either Maryland or the District. For specific rules, please contact the Virginia State Board of Elections over the Internet at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ or by phone at 804-864-8901 or toll free at 800-552-9745.

Once again, I urge all of our members to register to vote and then to participate in this year’s elections. In addition, try to involve all of the members of your household and family in the 2010 Election. Plan ahead and arrange for them an opportunity to vote either in person or by an absentee vote. Help them meet the above deadlines. This is especially important for our elderly members and our children that either move out or head off for college.