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File #: 19-0167R    Version: 0 Name: Creating Another Early Voting Polling Place in West Baltimore
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 9/23/2019 In control: Judiciary Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Creating Another Early Voting Polling Place in West Baltimore For the purpose of endorsing the creation of another early voting polling place in West Baltimore.
Sponsors: Leon F. Pinkett, III, Bill Henry, Zeke Cohen, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Shannon Sneed, Eric T. Costello, Ryan Dorsey, Kristerfer Burnett, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger, John T. Bullock, President Brandon M. Scott
Indexes: Polling, Vote
Attachments: 1. 19-0167R~1st Reader, 2. Law 19-0167R, 3. BCPSS 19-0167R, 4. Board of Elections 19-0167R, 5. DGS 19-0167r
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Pinkett


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Creating Another Early Voting Polling Place in West Baltimore
For the purpose of endorsing the creation of another early voting polling place in West Baltimore.
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Recitals

Early voting in America is key to ensuring that people have the opportunity to vote. Unlike in many countries, Election Day is not a holiday in the U.S. On Election Day in 2018, polls in Baltimore City were open from 7 AM to 8 PM. City residents who work multiple jobs and lack easy access to child care or transportation can have difficulty going to the polls during those hours on a single day.

To prevent the silencing of those individuals, Baltimore City has 8 days in which residents can visit early polling places and cast their votes. Early voting is the only way some citizens can make it to the polls. Early voting is a tradition for some residents in the City; for example, many churches will provide transportation for their parishioners to go to an early voting polling place. While residents can also vote with absentee ballots, this is less simple than visiting an early voting polling place. Residents who wish to vote with absentee ballots must request an absentee ballot in advance and mail the ballot back. In addition, people who vote by absentee ballot do not have access to assistance from another person in filling out the ballot, even if assistance i...

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