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Election 2020

On the Ballot in Baltimore County: Public Campaign Financing, Infrastructure Funding

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Although Election Day isn’t until Nov. 3, many Marylanders will be voting early or submitting their ballots by mail for the upcoming General Election. In many of the state’s largest jurisdictions, voters will be met with lengthy ballots and multiple local initiatives to consider. In Baltimore County, there are 10 ballot questions for voters.

If you’re still trying to request a mail-in ballot, or want to know how to register to vote, you can check out our guide for voters here.

If you want to find out where to drop off your ballot, or where you can vote in-person this November, you can take a look at our interactive voting center maps here.

Want to see a sample ballot for your county? The State Board of Elections has a list of every approved ballot for the November election on its website.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the ballot questions in Baltimore County:

Question A

The only county charter amendment on the ballot, this measure would set up a Citizens’ Election Fund System in the county. Similar to programs in some of Maryland’s other jurisdictions, including Howard and Montgomery counties, this election fund would create a public trust to match small donations to candidates running for county council and county executive starting in the 2026 General Election.

The program would be voluntary for candidates.

Question B

This ordinance would allow officials to borrow $54.99 million to pay for streets, bridges, storm drainage systems and other projects.

Question C

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $15 million for renovating and building new refuse disposal facilities.

Question D

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $46 million to fund county buildings, including detention centers, public safety stations like firehouses and police precincts, and recreational buildings like libraries and a senior center.

Question E

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $35 million for parks projects. Officials would use the money to build and repair playgrounds, parks and community centers.

Question F

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $17.5 million to modernize and maintain community college buildings.

Question G

This ordinance, the largest spending bill on the ballot for Baltimore County, would allow officials to borrow $200 million to build, renovate, maintain and extend public school buildings and sites.

Question H

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $4 million for rural land preservation projects, including buying land and development rights.

Question I

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $2.5 million to improve street curbs, sewers, sidewalks and gutters.

Question J

This ordinance would allow county officials to borrow $20 million for waterway and stormwater improvement projects. Some of those projects include controlling soil erosion, restoring wetlands and restoring riverbanks.

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