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As Early Voting Begins in Maryland, Howard County Voters Have Chance To Improve Democracy By Voting Yes On Question A

With the growing public concern over big money in politics, Howard County voters will have a chance to institute an innovative citizen funded election program to help bring balance to local government and the democratic process. If approved, Question A will amend the Howard County Charter and enable the County Council to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund, a small donor campaign finance system for County Council and County Executive races. As early voting begins Thursday in Maryland, supporters of Question A plan to deploy dozens of volunteers to drive up support for the initiative and educate voters across Howard County. “The outreach we are doing to voters during early voting and on Election Day is an example of what this campaign and reform is really about: ensuring everyone can participate…
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Grassroots Coalition Launches Campaign for Yes on Question A in Howard County

Grassroots Coalition Launches Campaign for Yes on Question A in Howard County

A packed crowd gathered last night at Kelsey’s Restaurant in Ellicott City to officially launch “Yes on A! For the Citizens Election Fund.” The campaign is building support for ballot question A, which would establish a Citizens’ Election Fund to create a small donor empowerment program for Howard County elections. In a small donor system, candidates for County Council or County Executive who turn down large contributions and contributions from special interests can receive limited matching funds for small contributions from county residents. Candidates must qualify to participate in the program by showing strong support from citizens. In April, Councilmembers Jon Weinstein and Jen Terrasa sponsored the resolution to add “Citizen Funded Campaigns” to the Howard County charter. The resolution is necessary to authorize the council to fund the program.…
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