Primary Day Update
Posted by bsflag2007 on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Thanks in no small part to Allen Dyer (candidate for HoCo Board of Education) for securing the voting rights of our newest voters!
When all of us who will be entitled to vote in the November 2008 General Election go to the polls today to cast our votes for the candidates we hope to see on the final ballot — those new voters who will be 18 in November WILL be “allowed” to vote (and their votes WILL be counted) for the nonpartisan races.
This order was issued a week or so ago – then appealed by the State Attorney General’s Office. The appeal was heard Friday morning. I believe the new order was issued Friday evening.
Mr. Dyer, on behalf of my 17 year old daughter and I, was in constant conact with the AG’s Office, the state and local Board of Elections folks, our local Delegation, and another lawyer (Mr. Clifford Snyder, Jr.) who was also pursuing voting rights for rising 18 year olds on behalf of his son Carl Snyder – and had secured the original order to allow registered 17 year olds to vote in the non-partisan primaries. Thursday afternoon Mr. Dyer filed our request with the Appeals Court to support Mr. Snyder’s case and dismiss the AG’s case.
I never could understand why the AG’s Office was pursuing this line of reasoning. It was obviously not simply a legal question as the courts had already ruled, and the AG’s argument was rather weak. We informally lobbied the Governor’s Office, and as many Elected and Election Officials we could think of.
We seldom really know what effect our calls, letters, emails, etc have. But at the hearing on Friday the Judges asked the AG’s lawyer if the AG “cared” how the case was decided… and she answered “no”.
Cant be sure… but we like to think our efforts led to someone in charge telling the AG’s office to “give it up”. It was an odd fight to take on anyway. Is the State of Maryland in the business of encouraging citizens to exercise their right to vote?
That’s the question we asked the Governor’s Office. As of today – that answer is YES.
Thank you Allen Dyer,
*** in my original post I mis-identified the name of the lawyer who filed the original complaint and successfully argued the case as Carl Snyder. I have made the correction. Kudos and apologies to Mr. Clifford Snyder, Jr. and his son Carl Snyder.