Do you have a plan for voting? It’s already underway
If you don’t watch commercial television or read the local news, it is possible that you might not know that it’s time to vote again. In heavily Democratic Baltimore, the big balloting day often is the Democratic primary, which was held in July.
But this year, more than most, voting in November matters. All elected statewide offices – governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general and state comptroller – are open, with the incumbents stepping down. Our Bolton Hill state assembly incumbents, all Democrats, were renominated, but there are Republican and other candidates running for the three state delegate slots and for the single state senate seat. There are several ballot initiatives, including the controversial “Question K” seeking to impose term limits on the mayor and other elected officials. Another would legalize adult-use recreational cannabis in Maryland.
Voting already is underway. You have several options for casting a ballot.
- Voter registration: It’s too late to register pre-election, but you can register at the polls and vote in person on Nov. 8.
- Mail voting: Requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1. To request a ballot, visit www.elections.maryland.gov or call 410-396-1444. Your mail ballot must be completed, signed, and returned in the mail, postmarked on or before Nov. 8.
- Early Voting: It begins Thursday, Oct. 27 and ends on Thursday, Nov. 3. Voting centers are open every day, from 7 am until 8 pm, including weekends. You can vote at any of the seven early voting centers. The two closest to the neighborhood are at the University of Maryland Engagement Center, 16 S. Poppleton Street, Baltimore MD 21201, or The League for People with Disabilities, 1111 E. Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21239.
- Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 8. You must vote at your assigned polling place. To find your assigned polling place, visit voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceResults. Polling places serving Bolton Hill include Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, 1624 Eutaw Place; Mt. Royal Recreation Center, 12 W. Mosher St., and Brown Memorial Church, 1316 Park Avenue.
BHCA meetings are in-person and open to all
The next BHCA board meeting will take place beginning with a 7:30 pm social gathering on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in person at Farnham Hall, Memorial Episcopal Church. All neighborhood residents are welcome.
Bulbs sale is underway at Rawlings Conservatory
You can pick out bulbs in person this year at the Rawlings Conservatory’s annual bulb sale, says Joyce Oliner of the Bolton Hill Garden Club. She adds: “Bulbs from the conservatory’s spring flower show will be for sale during regular conservatory hours at Druid Hill Park through Oct. 23. Stock up now for beautiful flowers next year. Many varieties of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils will be available at great prices.” Hours are 11 am to 3 pm Thursday and Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Winter Dumpster Day is set for Dec. 10
Okay, technically winter does not begin until 4:48 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 21. But you can take unwanted furniture, building materials and other junk to a dumpster at Park Avenue at Wilson Street the morning of Dec. 10, arranged by Midtown Baltimore and the City’s Department of Public Works. The dumpster will be brought to and removed from the location on the same day.
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