Campaign notes 8/19/02

August 19, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

McKee surprised by filing report

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, was surprised to learn this week that the State Board of Elections had no record of a campaign finance report he filed in November.

Official records posted on the agency's Web site,, said McKee failed to file the report and that he was fined $250.

But when questioned by The Herald-Mail, McKee said election officials never contacted him about the report. He produced the report, which was stamped that it was submitted on the Nov. 8 deadline.

Ross Goldstein, director of the division of candidacy and campaign finance, was looking into the issue last week.

Residents must register soon to vote Sept. 10

Maryland residents who want to vote in the Sept. 10 primary election must register by 9 p.m. Tuesday.


Applications must be received in the Washington County Election Board office at 35 W. Washington St., room 101, Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

Applications are available at the Election Board office and at some state government offices including the Motor Vehicle Administration, Health Department, Department of Social Services, Office of Aging or Division of Rehabilitation Services, marriage license bureaus, public higher education institutions, post offices and public libraries.

People can also download a voter registration application from the State Board of Elections Web site,

Taylor spent $2,160 on autumn fund-raiser

Why would a candidate buy 1,000 pumpkins, 14 bales of straw and 10 cornstalks?

For a fall fund-raising bash, of course.

Detailed lists of how candidates have spent their money so far are available on the State Board of Elections Web site,

People can also use the site to look up campign contributions.

House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, spent $2,160 on the autumn decor, it shows. He also hired a $600 band and a $650 magic show for the fund-raiser held last year, the report shows.

Candidate signs too close to road removed

The Washington County Election Board received a complaint last week that three County Commissioner candidates put up illegal signs on Halfway Boulevard, said Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel.

Although Kaetzel didn't inspect the signs because she has no power to enforce violations, she called the candidates and asked them to move the signs, which were placed too close to the road, she said. The candidates are Republican John C. Munson, Republican Ron Rowe and Democrat Constance Cramer.

The State Highway Administration throws away any signs they find in violation, she said.

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