There is a new movement in Baltimore – BmoreVote.es! Why? As we approach a historic election in Baltimore, the fate of our city will hinge on just a few hundred votes.
BMoreVot.es is a non-partisan resource to help city residents better understand how to make their vote count. Learn how to register to vote, the important election deadlines, and how the closed primary system works.
The following video helps to detail our cause and the sense of urgency for this election year.
“If you’ve ever complained about property taxes, education, crime, or the lack of transportation options in the city, then you really need to get out there and vote,” says Yair Flicker with SmartLogic.
There are 24 candidates, including 12 Democrats, vying to be your mayor. Your vote – your voice – is critically important.
Many city residents are confused about our closed primary system. For the past 50 years, the Democratic primary winner has become Mayor of Baltimore. Independents, the the largest group of new registrants in the city, do not have a say in the primary election.
“Baltimore elections are normally determined in the primary. Please get out and register,” urges Jen Meyer with Betamore. “And please do not register as an independent so your vote can count.”
In the last mayoral primary, only 23 percent of the City’s registered voters cast ballots. This was the lowest voter turnout in Baltimore City history.
“Like it or not, government officials chart the course of our lives in significant ways and it’s really important that we get out there and vote in strong numbers so that we are putting the best officials into office,” Flicker adds.
“We have a responsibility to the city that we love to show up and share our opinions and what matters most to us,” says Helene Kahn with FEATS. “Voting is the best way to do that.”
The primaries are around the corner. Register to vote by April 5th.
It’s too easy, it only takes seconds!
I share Meyer’s optimism: “Baltimore, this your opportunity. This is our year. This is our chance to make a difference.”