On the Campaign Trail

September 01, 2010

Absentee ballot deadline is Sept. 7

Voters who want an absentee ballot for the Sept. 14 primary must request one by Sept. 7.

In Washington County, they may contact the board of elections at 240-313-2050 or go to 35 W. Washington St., Room 101, Hagerstown.

The board must receive a completed and signed absentee ballot application by 8 p.m. on Sept. 7, if by mail, or by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 7 if by fax or e-mail.

Sample ballots sent

The Washington County Board of Elections has mailed sample ballots to registered voters throughout the county, Kaye Robucci, the acting director, wrote in an e-mail. The mailings list each voter's polling place, above the name label on the front panel.


Voters also were sent information about early voting, which starts Friday.

NRA gives A to both candidates, prefers Munson

State Sen. Donald F. Munson and Del. Christopher B. Shank have received the same high mark from the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, but the group endorsed Munson.

The group gave both Munson and Shank an A, the second-highest grade. An A grade was defined as "Solidly pro-gun candidate: A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues."

Munson and Shank are competing for Munson's seat in a Sept. 14 Republican primary.

The NRA-Political Victory Fund did not list endorsements in any other local Maryland races.

McKinley's report was one day late

Washington County commissioners candidate Bill McKinley is being fined $20 for filing his campaign finance report one day late.

On Aug. 23, six days after the state's filing deadline, McKinley's report wasn't posted on a state website and he was listed as having $60 in fines.

McKinley said he mailed his report Aug. 17, the day it was due.

He later found out it was postmarked Aug. 18.

Jared DeMarinis, the Maryland State Board of Elections' director of candidacy and campaign finance, said Monday that candidates with less than a minimum level of cash and transactions can get a waiver from filing electronically, as McKinley did.

Once the election board entered the information from McKinley's report online, his fine was lowered from $60 to $20, DeMarinis said.

Candidates are fined $20 per day for the first six days for late filings and $10 each additional day, DeMarinis said. The maximum fine is $250.

-- Andrew Schotz

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