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MoCo Vote 2016 Blog (VIDEO)

This is your source for the latest election news in Montgomery County. For more election news, visit our Vote 2016 page. We hope you will contribute your election updates and photos for this blog as well. You can email photos to pix@mymcmedia or Tweet images and updates @MyMCMedia, #MoCo #vote. You can also follow us on Facebook. Don’t forget to vote!

ELECTION RESULTS POSTED ON BOE WEBSITE

You can view the latest, unofficial, election results on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website, here.

EARLY VOTING RESULTS POSTED, ELECTION DAY RESULTS DELAYED

Early voting results have been posted on the Montgomery County Board of Election’s website but Election Day results were delayed because some polling places remained open in Baltimore City.

BOE Spokesperson Marjorie Roher said more results should be posted in the next ten minutes.

DEMOCRATS GATHER IN SILVER SPRING

SHOUT OUTS FOR VAN HOLLEN ON TWITTER

ELECTION PROJECTIONS

WATCH PARTIES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Where are you watching the election results tonight? We caught up with some residents at the World of Beer in Rockville tonight and they shared their thoughts on the election.

ELECTION NIGHT IN BETHESDA

 

If you are in line by 8 p.m. you can still vote. Looks like a busy night in Bethesda:

DAMASCUS VOTERS ON ELECTION DAY

Some Damascus voters shared their thoughts on this Election Day, below, and many said they are ready for the election to be over:

ELECTION JUDGE TOUTS HIS TEAM IN DAMASCUS

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, below, election judge Ed Hogan touts his team on Election Day, especially the youngest volunteers.

VOTERS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON ELECTION DAY

So what are voters saying about this election around Montgomery County?

Many voters told us today that it is time for a female President.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

RESULTS WILL BE POSTED AFTER VOTING ENDS

If you are in line by 8 p.m. at a polling place in Montgomery County, you will get to vote. Election results will follow the last voter.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

WHAT’S A SPOILED BALLOT?

Election Operations Judge Ed Hogan says voters can get a new ballot if they marked the wrong oval on their ballot. He said it’s called a spoiled ballot. Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

A RECORD VOTER TURNOUT?

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Board of Elections member Graciela Rivera Oven said this year’s election may set a record for voter turnout in Montgomery County:

A WONDERFUL START IN DAMASCUS

Election Operations Judge Ed Hogan reports a smooth morning at his polling place at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus.

Hogan said in the first 14 minutes of voting on Election Day, over 47 voters were processed. By 10 a.m., about 200 voters had cast their ballots in Damascus.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

VOTERS LINE UP IN CLARKSBURG

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, below, Montgomery County Board of Elections member Graciela Rivera Oven describes the excitement of Election Day, and she notes that before the polls opened at 7 a.m. in Clarksburg, there were over 100 people lined up to vote:

 

VOTERS CAST THEIR BALLOTS CAREFULLY

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Elections Operation Judge Ed Hogan says voters are taking their time when casting their ballot:

SCANNER PROBLEMS

rachelcarsonpollsA spokesperson for the Board of Elections said there were some scanner problems reported at about a dozen precincts on the morning of Election Day.

Marjorie Roher said staff was dispatched to every site and the problems with the malfunctioning scanners were resolved quickly.

As of 1:30 p.m., she said there were no problems with the scanners.

Some voters at Rachel Carson Elementary School said lines backed up there around 11 a.m. because of a scanner issue. Roher said she could not confirm the locations of the polling places with scanner problems.

One Gaithersburg voter said he waited in line for 45 minutes because of the scanner issue.

Roher said each precinct has two scanners so voting can continue if one goes down.

In Damascus, Election Operations Judge Ed Hogan said there were no problems with the scanners. Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video:

STEADY STREAM OF VOTERS AT RCES

There was a steady stream of voters at Rachel Carson Elementary School today, and there were some reports of delays because of a scanner problem in the morning hours.

ELECTION DAY AT SUNRISE

There were long lines reported at Carderock Springs Elementary School in Bethesda before the polls opened at 7 a.m. today.

carderock elementary election day

Behind a backdrop of election signs, a look at the sunrise in Potomac:

election day sunrise potomac

There were lines forming at Potomac Elementary during the first hour of voting:
potomac lines election day

potomac lines election day

potomac cars lines up on election day

ELECTION RESULTS ONLINE

board-of-electionsYou can find election results after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8th by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections website.

Results from early voting will be posted first.

Beginning at 9 p.m., unofficial results from Election Day will be available and results will be updated regularly.

According to a BOE news release, absentee and provisional ballots will be counted beginning November 10th, with complete, unofficial results expected by November 28th.

The direct link to the Board of Elections’ election night results page is www.777vote.org/electionresults/elec_results.html. Live streaming of Statewide election results will be available at www.elections.maryland.gov.

ELECTION DAY FREEBIES

Check out these freebies on Election Day:

TAKOMA PARK PREPS FOR ELECTION DAY

ELECTION RESULTS

The polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8, and turnout numbers will be released throughout the day, according to an official with the Board of Elections.

As for election results, Board of Elections spokesperson Marjorie Roher said early voting results will be released first and, she said, election results will be updated about every 20 minutes.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

THE WATCH PARTIES

photo of TV camera looking into the lensSo where will the candidates be on election night?

The Maryland Democratic Party is hosting an election night event on Nov. 8th at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring. The Republicans are celebrating election night at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum.

The Montgomery County GOP has announced a watch party at Lahinch Tavern & Grill at the Cabin John Shopping Center.

EARLY VOTING BY THE NUMBERS

boardofelections1The Montgomery County Board of Elections reports that over 22 percent of Montgomery County’s voters, or 162,436 voters, cast their ballots at ten early voting centers during the eight days of early voting.

The Silver Spring Civic Building was the busiest early voting center with 21,760 voters. Early voting centers in Germantown, Gaithersburg and Potomac followed.

Below is the breakdown for the ten early voting centers in Montgomery County:

Mid-County Community Recreation Center – 11,239
Executive Office Building – 14,365
Germantown Commun Recreation Center – 19,548
Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center – 16,656
Silver Spring Civic Building – 21,760
Activity Center at Bohrer Park – 19,266
Damascus Commun Recreation Center – 7,700
Jane E Lawton Commun Recreation Center – 16,359
Wheaton Vol Rescue Squad – 16,417
Potomac Commun Recreation center – 19,126

For those who prefer to vote on Election Day, remember that polling places will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Nov. 8. Voting lines are traditionally shorter during the middle of the day.

For more information, visit the Board of Elections website, here.

EARLY VOTING ENDS

early votingEarly voting is now over.

If you didn’t have time to vote early, remember the polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. You can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at your precinct on Election Day.

In addition, the Board of Elections office will be open from noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for absentee voting.

In case you missed it, there were long lines reported on the last day of early voting, and another record was set.

BOARD OF ELECTIONS RESPONDS

 

RECORD EARLY VOTING TURNOUT

EARLY VOTING CONTINUES THRU THURSDAY

voteHave you voted yet? Early voting continues thru Nov. 3 at ten locations across Montgomery County.

There are 727,177 registered voters in Montgomery County, according to Board of Elections spokesperson Marjorie Roher.

According to Roher, as of Oct. 31, 13 percent of those voters have voted early.

The BOE is reporting daily turnout numbers on its Facebook page.

For the latest, see below:

LEGGETT ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO VOTE

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is encouraging residents to vote. In case you are wondering if he voted early, Leggett said he traditionally votes on Election Day.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS THIS WEEK

If you want to avoid long lines on Election Day, then you may want to cast your ballot early. In Montgomery County, early voting takes place from Oct. 27 – Nov. 3 at ten locations across Montgomery County.

Find out more in this report, below:

DID YOU MISS THE VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE?

voteIf you missed the October 18th deadline to register to vote and you’re a new Montgomery County resident, you can still register to vote during early voting on the same day you vote.

In order to register, you must have a valid Maryland driver’s license or MVA issued photo id and proof of residency. Once you register, you will be issued a ballot. This opportunity is not available on Election Day, Nov. 8th.

If you’re new to Montgomery County and not yet registered to vote, visit an Early Voting Site between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. If you are currently a registered voter, you may not change your party affiliation at this time – only new registrants may take advantage of the Same Day Voter Registration Program.

For more information visit the Board of Elections website, here.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS IN TWO WEEKS, OCT. 27 – NOV. 3

Early voting takes place on Oct. 27 – Nov. 3 in Montgomery County, and the hours have been extended for the Presidential General Election.

Find out what else is new in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

GOVERNOR HOGAN TO CAMPAIGN WITH AMIE HOEBER IN HAGERSTOWN

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is scheduled to campaign for Congressional candidate Amie Hoeber, a Republican, at a breakfast on Oct. 13 in Hagerstown.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

Hoeber is running against incumbent John Delaney, a Democrat, and Libertarian David Howser and Green Party candidate George Gluck in the race for the District 6 seat in the Nov. 8th election.

VAN HOLLEN TO CAMPAIGN AT LEISURE WORLD ON OCT. 13

Democrat Chris Van Hollen, who is running for U.S. Senate in Maryland, plans to campaign at Leisure World on Thursday afternoon.

Find out more in this MyMCMEdia Extra video, below:

Van Hollen faces Republican Kathy Szeliga and Green Party candidate Margaret Flowers in the race for Senate on Nov. 8th.

SZELIGA RELEASES STATEMENT ON TRUMP’S COMMENTS

Republican Kathy Szeliga, who is running for U.S. Senate, has released the following statement about Donald Trump’s comments from 2005:

“I am appalled by Donald Trump’s comments,” said Szeliga. “I raised my sons to never speak about women like this and to defend women against just these kind of comments. Donald Trump should sincerely apologize to all women immediately.”

ELECTION PRIMER

The Presidential General Election is set for Nov. 8th. Here are five things you need to know before heading to the polls, below:

Find out more on the Board of Elections website, here.

MARYLAND SENATE CANDIDATES TO APPEAR ON THE POLITICS HOUR

The Democrat and Republican candidates for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat,  Chris Van Hollen and Kathy Szeliga, are scheduled to appear on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show, The Politics Hour, Friday at noon.

The two Senate candidates are expected to debate the issues.

Listen to the show live, here.

ELECTION JUDGES NEEDED

The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) is actively recruiting election judges.

“We’re trying to recruit anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 individuals,” said Marjorie Roher, BOE spokesperson.

According to Roher, if you want to serve as an election judge at your home precinct, you need to sign up early.

You can find more information about elections workers on the BOE website, here.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES’ FORUM

The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, and the NAACP (Montgomery County, MD Branch Parents’ Council) hosted a Board of Education (BOE) Candidates’ Forum on Sept. 28 at John F. Kennedy High School.

The candidates running for the BOE in the at large race are Jeanette Dixon and Phil Kauffman; the candidates in the District 2 race are Brandon Rippeon and Rebecca Smondrowski; and the District 4 seat race features Shebra Evans and Anjali Reed Phukan,

You can watch the forum in its entirety, below:

RUMOR CONTROL

Election 2016The Maryland State Board of Elections is setting the record straight when it comes to all those rumors about the upcoming election on Nov. 8th.

The Board has launched a Rumor Control page on its website, which includes a list of rumors that are followed by the facts.

The first rumor addressed on this page is about election security. The page includes a rundown of other rumors including those about online voting, absentee ballots, college students, and election results.

To find out what’s fact and what’s fiction, peruse the page, here.

BOE MEMBER SMONDROWSKI SEEKS REELECTION

Gaithersburg resident Rebecca Smondrowski is seeking reelection to the school board.

During a recent visit to the studios of Montgomery Community Media, we asked the District 2 incumbent why she’s running for a second term.

“I am running for reelection because I believe in the work that I have been doing,” said Smondrowski. “I am very passionate about this job. I feel that there is nothing more important in our children’s lives than a complete and positive school experience and I believe that I am able to make a difference.”

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

Smondrowski faces Brandon Rippeon in the Nov. 8th election.

RASKIN ON DONALD TRUMP

Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, a Democrat, is running for Congress. During a recent visit to the studios of Montgomery Community Media, we asked him what he thinks about the candidacy of Donald Trump for president.

“If Donald Trump were to win, Canada is going to build a wall and make us pay for it because there are going to be so many Americans trying to flee the country,” Raskin said.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

FUTURE VOTE REGISTRATION IS UNDERWAY

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, grades 6-12, to participate in its “Future Vote” Program. Future Vote students will serve as Election Day student aides during the 2016 Presidential General Election on Tuesday, November 8. There are also opportunities for students to assist the Board of Elections with a variety of activities before Election Day.

Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training to participate in the Future Vote Program and, if applicable, students will receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credits. Most students work in precincts near their home. This initiative combines civic participation and the opportunity to observe democracy in action.

The Future Vote Program is available to all Montgomery County students within public, private, independent, religious or home-schools. U.S. citizenship is not a pre-requisiteMontgomery County Board of Elections for slider 855 x 380 v1 and students with bilingual and American Sign Language skills are encouraged to apply.

In the 2012 Presidential Election, more than 2,000 Montgomery County students participated in the Future Vote Program, including 473 students with bilingual skills and 15 students who were available at polling places to assist voters using American Sign Language.

Interested parents/guardians may register their student(s) before October 5 online by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections’ website at www.777vote.org or by email at future.vote@montgomerycountymd.gov.

KATHY SZELIGA CAMPAIGNS FOR SENATE IN MOCO

Republican Kathy Szeliga is running for a U.S. Senate seat, and during a recent stop in Montgomery County she said her “campaign is going very well.”

“We are working tirelessly across the state,” she said. “Everybody agrees Washington is broken. It is time to change things in Washington.”

Szeliga said she believes her business background would help her change things in Washington.

“I want to bring some new ideas to Washington, because I believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction,” she said.

As for voters, she said they are telling her that they are concerned about taxes and national security.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

On the Nov. 8th ballot, Szeliga is running against Democrat Chris Van Hollen and Green Party candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by long-term Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

The deadline to register to vote in the 2016 General Presidential Election is Oct. 18.

You can find a list of frequently asked questions about registering to vote on the Board of Elections website, here.

For more information about voter registration, watch the public service announcement (PSA), below:

BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES FORUM

Board of Education candidatesThe League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, NAACP Montgomery County, MD Branch Parents’ Council are hosting a Montgomery County Board of Education Candidates Forum on Sept. 28 at  6:30 – 9 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School.

The candidates include Jeanette Dixon and Phil Kauffman in the at large race; Brandon Rippeon and Rebecca Smondrowski in the District 2 race; and Shebra Evans and Anjali Reed Phukan in the District 4 race.

For more information, see the event’s Facebook page, here.

MOCO VOTE 2016 INTRO

The 2016 Presidential General Election is set for Nov. 8, and early voting will take place from Oct. 27 – Nov. 3 at ten locations across Montgomery County. The MoCo Vote 2016 Blog is your source for the latest election news in Montgomery County. You can help us follow the candidates and election news by emailing your captioned photos and videos to pix@mymcmedia.org or Tweet images @MyMCMedia, #MoCo #vote. We hope you will also follow us on Facebook. Stay informed and vote!

Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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