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    LWVMD Hosts Gerrymandering for Beginner Webinar Series asking Marylanders “What Does Your Gerrymander Look Like?”

    Press Release: September 19, 2018

    Annapolis – The League of Women Voters Maryland (LWVMD) has launched an educational campaign on gerrymandering in light of the clock running down on the “redistricting countdown.” The campaign has begun with a series of 7 webinars entitled “Gerrymandering for Beginners – How to Make Every Vote Count in Maryland”. These webinars – running weekly from now until October 23rd – are free and open to the public - https://www.lwvmd.org/gerrymandering_for_beginners_events The events are being led by LWVMD Redistricting Advocate, Ashley Oleson. Oleson also serves on Maryland’s Redistricting Reform Commission appointed by the governor to study the issue and make recommendations on a new redistricting process for the state.

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    Debates or forums for candidates for state-wide office are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD).  Such forums must conform to its policy governing debates.  Candidate forums for other offices are the responsibility of local Leagues, which establish their own criteria.   


    Gubernatorial Debate

    Sepember 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pmCandidates Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Ben Jealous (D) will participate in an hour-long debate, hosted and broadcast by Maryland Public Television. For more information visit: http://www.mpt.org/debate/

    Representatives to Congress

    District 1 - October 21, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pmTalbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St., Easton 21601. Hosted by LWV Kent County. Contact for more information: Nancy Smith, nismith@verizon.net, 410-639-2739

    Districts 2, 3, 7 & Howard County Board of Education, Register of Wills, Sheriff, State's Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court & U.S.September 20, 2018 5:30pm - 10:00pm at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. Hosted by LWV Howard County. Contact for more information: info@howard.lwvmd.org, 410-730-0142

    District 6 - October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM - Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater - Sign up to attend. Hosted by LWV Washington County & Frederick County and the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

     


    Maryland General Assembly (State Senators & House of Delegates)

    District 9 & 12 (State Senate) & Districts 9A, 9B, 12, & 13 (State Delegate) September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm at Banneker Room, George Howard Bldg, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Hosted by LWV Howard County. Contact for more information: info@howard.lwvmd.org, 410-730-0142

    District 29 State Senate - October 2, 2018 - 5pm - 9pm at St. Mary's County Public Library - Lexington Park Branch, 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (also St. Mary's County Commissioner President, County Commissioner District 1, Judge of the Orphan's Court, Sheriff) Hosted by LWV St. Mary's County, Lexington Park Library & St. Mary's County Branch NAACP Unit #7025. Contact for more information: Katie Werner, katiew@dorseylaw.net

    District 27 and 29 State Senate and House of Delegates - October 11, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm at St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.  Also includes presentation on Maryland ballot questions 1 and 2.  Hosted by LWV of Calvert County.

    Districts 29A, 29B, 29C House of Delegates October 16, 2018 - 5pm - 9pm at St. Mary's County Public Library - Lexington Park Branch, 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (also for County Commissioner District 2, County Commissioner District 3, Clerk of the Circuit Court) Hosted by LWV St. Mary's County, Lexington Park Library & St. Mary's County Branch NAACP Unit #7025. Contact for more information: Katie Werner, katiew@dorseylaw.net

    Districts 30 Senatorial & Delegate Candidates - October 10, 2018 7pm - 9pm at Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis MD 21403. Hosted by LWV Anne Arundel County & the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Contact for more information: Mary Cleave, mcleave@verizon.net - Facebook Event Link

    Districts 31A & 31B Senatorial & Delegate Candidates - October 9, 2018 7pm to 9pm at Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammond's Lane Brooklyn Park Maryland 21225. Hosted by LWV Anne Arundel County, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women of AAC & the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Contact for more information: Yolande Dickerson, ydickerson2@gmail.com - Facebook Event Link

    District 32 Senatorial & Delegate Candidates - October 17, 2018 7pm - 9pm at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church, 8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton, MD 21113. Hosted by LWV Anne Arundel County & the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Contact for more information: Alfa Stevens, 410-551-2713, stl_magnolia@hotmail.com. - Facebook Event Link

    District 33 Senatorial & Delegate Candidates Forum - October 11, 2018 7pm - 9pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Zimmerman Hall, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, Maryland 21146. Hosted by LWV Anne Arundel County & American Association of University Women (AAUW). Contact for more information: Gail Viamonte, gev24@earthlink.net - Facebook Event Link

    District 34 Senatorial & Delegate Candidates (also County Executive and Council President)October 15, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Harford College, Edgewood Hall, Rm 132, 401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. Hosted by LWV Harford County. Contact for more information, Eileen Coffee, coffee316@comcast.net. - Facebook Event Link

    District 36 Senatorial & Delegate Candidates October 3, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Cadby Auditorium, Chesapeake College, 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679. Hosted by LWV Queen Anne's Co., Kent Co., and Mid-Shore. Contact for more information: Elizabeth L. Hammond, er93hammon@aol.com, 410-758-2992

     


    County Offices

    Anne Arundel County Executive Environmental Forum - September 17, 2018 7pm - 8pm at Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. Hosted by LWV Anne Arundel County, Chesapeake Bay Foundation & Anne Arundel Alliance for Livable Communities. Contact for more information: Niecy Chambers, lwvaacmd@gmail.com. Facebook Event Link.

    Baltimore County Council District 1. Event will include a Meet and Greet for District 1 Board of Education candidates - September 26, 2018 7:00pm - 8:45pm at Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, Maryland 21228. Hosted by LWV Baltimore County. Contact for more information: Jennifer Haire, jen.haire@yahoo.com. Facebook Event Link

    Baltimore County Council District 2. District 2 Board of Education are invited to a brief Meet and Greet - October 3, 2018 7:00pm - 8:45pm at Pikesville Vol. Fire Co., 40 E. Sudbrook Ln 21208. Hosted by LWV Baltimore County. Contact for more information: Jennifer Haire, jen.haire@yahoo.com. Facebook Event Link

    Baltimore County Council District 3. Board of Education candidates for District 3 also invited to a Meet and Greet - October 9, 2018 7:00pm - 8:45pm at Hereford Library, 16940 York Road, Hereford, MD 21111. Hosted by LWV Baltimore County. Contact for more information: Jennifer Haire, jen.haire@yahoo.com. Facebook Event Link

    Baltimore County Council District 6. Event will include a Meet and Greet with District 6 Board of Education candidates - October 2, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Boumi Shriner Center, 5050 King Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21237. Hosted by LWV Baltimore County. Contact for more information: Jennifer Haire, jen.haire@yahoo.com. Facebook Event Link

    Baltimore County Council, District 7. Event will include Board of Education candidate Meet and Greet for District 7 - September 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:45pm at North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222. Hosted by LWV Baltimore County. Contact for more information: Jennifer Haire, jen.haire@yahoo.com. Facebook Event Link

    Baltimore County Board of Education for Councilmanic District 4October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Randallstown Library, 8604 Liberty Rd, Randallstown, Maryland 21133. Hosted by LWV Baltimore County. Contact for more information: Judith Miller, brem11@verizon.net. Facebook Event Link

    Calvert County: Commissioners, Sheriff's Office, Register of Wills, Orphans' Court - October 4, 2018, 5:30pm - 8:45pm at St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Hosted by LWV Calvert County. Contact for more information: Janet Bellizzi, jbellizzi13@gmail.com, 732-239-9912

    Frederick County Board of Education - September 24, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, 101 West All Saints St., Frederick, MD 21701. Hosted by LWV Frederick County & the  Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Contact for more information: Sarah Matthews, sarahfkm@yahoo.com

    Frederick County Executive & Frederick County Council October 15, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Evangelical Reformed UCC, 15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701. Hosted by the LWV Frederick County & the United Way of Frederick. Contact for more information: Sarah Matthews, sarahfkm@yahoo.com

    Harford County: Executive and Council President (also District 34 Senate and Delegate Candidates) - October 15, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Harford College, Edgewood Hall, Rm 132, 401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. Hosted by LWV Harford County. Contact for more information, Eileen Coffee, coffee316@comcast.net. - Facebook Event Link

    Howard County Executive, County Council Districts 1,2,4, & 5 September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm at Banneker Room, George Howard Bldg, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Hosted by LWV Howard County. Contact for more information: info@howard.lwvmd.org, 410-730-0142

    Howard County Board of Education, Register of Wills, Sheriff, State's Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court & U.S. Congressional Districts 2, 3, & 7 - September 20, 2018 5:30pm - 10:00pm at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. Hosted by LWV Howard County. Contact for more information: info@howard.lwvmd.org, 410-730-0142

    Kent County Commission (followed by meet/greet for Orphans Court Judges, Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Register of Wills candidates) - October 18, 2018 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Chestertown Fire House, 211 Maple Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. Hosted by LWV Kent County. Contact for more information: Nancy Smith, nismith@verizon.net, 410-639-2739

    Kent County School Board - October 22, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Hosted by LWV Kent County. Contact for more information: Nancy Smith, nismith@verizon.net, 410-639-2739

    Kent County State's Attorney - October 15, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown 21620. Hosted by LWV Kent County. Contact for more information: Nancy Smith, nismith@verizon.net, 410-639-2739

    Montgomery County: Board of Education - September 26, 2018, 7pm-8:45pm at Montgomery County Public Schools Building, Carver Auditorium, 840 Hungerford Dr. Rockville, MD 20850. Hosted by LWV Montgomery County, MCCPTA, NAACP, & Identity, Inc. Contact for more information: Bee Ditzler, bee.ditzler@gmail.com

    Queen Anne's County "Meet & Greet" Judge of Orphan's CourtOctober 10, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm at Hallway of Planning & Zoning Rm., County Office Building, 110 Vincit St., Centreville, MD 21617. Hosted by LWV Queen Anne's County. Contact for more information: Elizabeth L. Hammond, er93hammon@aol.com, 410-758-2992

    Queen Anne's County Board of Education at Large October 10, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm at Planning & Zoning Rm., County Office Bldg., 110 Vincit St., Centreville, MD 21617. Hosted by LWV Queen Anne's County. Contact for more information: Elizabeth L. Hammond, er93hammon@aol.com, 410-758-2992

    Queen Anne's County Commissioners October 15, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm at Planning & Zoning Rm., County Office Bldg., 110 Vincit St., Centreville, MD 21617. Hosted by LWV Queen Anne's County. Contact for more information: Elizabeth L. Hammond, er93hammon@aol.com, 410-758-2992

    St. Mary's County: County Commissioner President, County Commissioner District 1, Judge of the Orphan's Court, Sheriff, State Senate, District 29 - October 2, 2018 - 5pm - 9pm at St. Mary's County Public Library - Lexington Park Branch, 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Hosted by LWV St. Mary's County, Lexington Park Library & St. Mary's County Branch NAACP Unit #7025. Contact for more information: Katie Werner, katiew@dorseylaw.net

    St. Mary's County: County Commissioner District 2, County Commissioner District 3, Clerk of the Circuit Court & state House of Delegates Districts 29A, 29B, 29C  October 16, 2018 - 5pm - 9pm at St. Mary's County Public Library - Lexington Park Branch, 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park, MD 20653 Hosted by LWV St. Mary's County, Lexington Park Library & St. Mary's County Branch NAACP Unit #7025. Contact for more information: Katie Werner, katiew@dorseylaw.net

    Talbot County Council - September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Talbot County Free Library, Easton Branch, 100 W Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601. Hosted by LWV Mid-Shore & Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Contact for more information: Hilary Gibson, lwvms.md@gmail.com, 302-388-7659

    Washington County: Board of Education - Sept. 13,  7 PM - Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown - Sign up to attend.

    Washington County: Board of County Commissioners - Sept. 20, 7:00 PM - Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown - Sign up to attend.

    Wicomico County: County Council - Sept. 11, 6:30 PM - Salisbury University, Fulton Hall Room 111 - Cosponsored by League of Women Voters of the MidShore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Salisbury University Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, The Daily Times, and Wicomico Environmental Trust.


    Links to web streaming of forums among candidates for offices in the November 2018 general election will be posted as they become available.

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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 05:30 PM
    Webinar - You Must RSVP to Receive an Invite

    September 27, 2018 @ 5:30pm - FREE WEBINAR

    Made possible by the LWV Education Fund


    What if you were told your vote wouldn't count for a full decade?

    Would you be content to let others choose your elected representatives, heedless of your personal views?

    What if those deciding weren't your neighbors but party politicians at the state level?

    That's gerrymandering in a nutshell.

     

    Want to know more about this devious practice and learn what is needed to make our redistricting process fair? Join us for this FREE online presentation to get started!

     

    What you'll learn:

    What redistricting is and how it affects our elections

    How gerrymandering harms our democracy

    The current process for redistricting in Maryland

    What needs to change to ensure Fair Maps for the next decade

     


    RSVP below to receive access information to this FREE online event!

    You should receive an email upon sign up telling you more about the event - check your spam folders if you don't see it - this is also how you will receive an invitation to join the webinar.

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 09:30 AM · $30.00 USD
    First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

    LWVMD 2018 Fall Workshop


    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    First Evangelical Lutheran Church
    3604 Chatham Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042


    Schedule

    9:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast


    10:00 a.m.   Morning Workshop Sessions


     Briefing on LWVMD Death with Dignity Study
    Presenters: Study Chair, Sandra Bjork and committee members

    OR

     You're Voting on More than Candidates - 2018 Ballot Question Overview

    Presenter: Ralph Watkins, LWVMD Voter Service Chair

    OR

    LWVMD Action - the Who, What, When & How of State & Local Advocacy

    Presenter: Lois Hybl, LWVMD Action Chair

    11:00 a.m. - Repeat of all three Sessions 


    12:00 p.m. Lunch


    12:30 p.m. Keynote: Perspectives on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    A. Adar Ayira, Senior Director, Strategy and Racial Equity
    for Associated Black Charities

     


    To download and print flier, click here 


     

    Ticket Includes morning coffee/light breakfast, lunch, & materials

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