My first blog post is going to be a simple one: I want walk you through how to check and register to vote online. You should check your registration status, even if you think you’re already registered. It’s a good way to make sure that your party and address is correct. Go to this Maryland State Board of Elections (BoE) website to check your voter registration status:
Once you enter in the required information, you’ll be able to see your status. But you can also find out a bunch of other stuff on this screen. For example, you can find out your polling location:
Or even the candidates running for the various districts you reside in:
At the very bottom you can download a pdf of a sample primary ballot. You will be able to see pretty much exactly what you will be voting on on June 26th.
Oh, and one more thing while we are here on this page. If you need a duplicate voter registration card then click “Request Duplicate Voter Registration” and….
It’s that easy.
Generally around 20% of registered voter ultimately cast a ballot. In 2014, only 17% of registered voters in D12 ultimately pulled the level for a candidate (take 6758 people voted for Sen. Kasemeyer, the candidate the received the highest number of votes in the 2014 Democratic primary, and divide that by 39249, the total number of people in D12 that registered as Democrats in 2014). Given that state level positions are voted on in off-year/midterm elections, the number of people who ultimately decide who represents us in Annapolis is really small. If you think that you vote won't count for anything, take a look at those numbers again.