LWV of Washington County (MD)

The Washington County League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of national, state and local public policy through education and advocacy.

ABOUT THE LEAGUE

The League of Women Voters of Washington County assists citizens to become more informed participants in their community and their government by

The League also conducts studies on issues such as transportation, housing, environmental concerns, campaign reform, etc. (See the Positions page for past studies from LWVs all over the state.) After the study has been completed and a consensus has been reached, the League states its position.  At that point, the League may encourage action and/or advocacy on the local, state, or national levels.

The League has a rich history.  Click here to view our history highlights!  Read our president's letter here. 

Forums in 2020:     (All to be held at the Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library in rooms 308/9)

  • April 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m. 6th District Congressional Primary (Pending)
  • September 24, 2020, &:00 p.m. - Hagerstown Mayor and Council
  • October 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m. - Board of Education
  • October 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m. 6th District Congressional
Do candidates need to live in the 6th District? It turns out that there are three, and only three, standing qualifications for U.S. Senator or Representative in Congress which are expressly set out in the U.S. Constitution: age (25 for the House, 30 for the Senate); citizenship (at least seven years for the House, nine years for the Senate); and inhabitancy in the state at the time.
Voter helps:
We have generated a complete Voter's Guide for the 2018 General Election for Washington County that you can download or view here, but the easiest approach is to go to www.Vote411.org where by entering your address you can view your ballot choices, make a selection and print a document you can take with you to the polls!

 

We'd like to
hear from you!

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League of Women Voters of Washington County
1117 Fairview Road
Hagerstown MD 21742

Telephone: 240-513-8126
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    COVID 19

    The schedules for Maryland’s spring elections have been changed due to the ongoing pandemic. For ongoing information about both elections, please see the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

    Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. It's a good way to vote if you prefer not to go to an early voting center or to your polling place. Information on absentee ballots is given below. For additional  facts on this process, please see the Q&A section on absentee ballots on the Board of Elections’ website. 

     

    Presidential Primary Election

    Election Day:   Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Early Voting:  Thursday, May 21 through Thursday, May 28, 2020

    The primary election has been delayed. It is still planned as an in-person election, but mail-in ballots (absentee ballots) are also allowed. Additional details are expected on April 3, read the Governor's proclamation here. LWVMD and other groups submitted recommendations to the Governor in a letter on March 18th, which you can read here.

     

    Deadlines for Voter Registration:

    By Mail:            Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    In-Person:         Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (plus same-day registration at the polls on June 2)

    Online:              Tuesday, May 12, 2020

     

    Deadlines for Mail-in Voting (Absentee Ballots):

    Requests by mail for absentee ballots:   May 26, 2020

    Electronic requests for absentee ballots: May 29, 2020

    Return postmark on voted ballots:          June 2, 2020

     


    More on Absentee Ballots

    Absentee ballots may be requested as follows:

    • Request one online (requires Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card).
    • Download and print an application if you do not have one of the above IDs. 
    • Go to your local Board of Elections if you don’t have a cell phone or computer access (when it is again safe to do so).

    After you receive your absentee ballot:

    • Read the directions carefully.
    • Complete your ballot and place it in the return envelope.
    • Sign the oath on the envelope.
    • Depending on when they are received, ballots without signatures may not be able to be counted.
    • Return your ballot.

    Options for returning your absentee ballot:

    • Mail your voted ballot to the address that comes with it. Ballots must be postmarked by June 2.
    • Deliver your voted ballot by hand to your local Board of Elections by 8 pm on Election Day.
    • Take your voted ballot to an early voting center or to the polls by the time the polls close on Election Day.

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  • Upcoming events

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - April

    Red Sea Security by David Shinn

    The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

    Register for the series or see the full details of the discussion series at https://www.lwvwashco.org/great_decisions_2020

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