Mount Rainier and Brentwood police departments said they deployed extra police officers at key intersections along Eastern Avenue and Route 1 as a show of force to disuade pro-Trump “caravans” from entering and causing disturbances in local neighborhoods as they returned to hotels along the Route 1 corridor.
Hyattsville City Council is considering a suite of legislation, including switching to an all vote-by-mail system, city officials hope will boost turnout in city elections. The proposal is especially topical as voters weigh their polling options amid the pandemic, which has seen several states take steps to expand access to vote-by-mail ballots. But Hyattsville’s exploration of mail-voting systems dates to late 2018. The legislation would revise the city’s charter to move the election day to the second Tuesday in May, it would shrink the timeline for election certification, and would change the process to elect the City Council President and Vice President and would switch the city’s 2021 election to a permanent vote-by-mail system.
According to city data, from 2013 to 2019, there were an average of 10,300 registered voters in the city. In the most-recent city elections, 1,575, or roughly 15 percent, cast ballots.
A Mount Rainier City Council member is accusing a longtime political foe of racist intimidation for trying to use state open records laws to obtain a range of documentation about city officials, including citizenship status, background checks and security clearances. Documents obtained by Route 1 Reporter provide new details about the request, and the people behind it.
In College Park’s political discourse, the move was somewhat controversial. As in any small town with a college, there is a vocal segment of the city’s civic sphere that disdains or fears student involvement in city politics; who argue the civic priorities of land-owning residents should take precedence over those of a more-transient student population.
Required reading is a simple, daily roundup of news and views relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 21, 2018 edition: Jordan McNair’s last moments get more scrutiny; a statewide school funding formula gets delayed; and a Laurel dispensary has diner blues. University of Maryland releases surveillance footage of Jordan McNair’s last practice – Baltimore Sun
Maryland school funding plan delayed – WAMU
Laurel Medical Marijuana dispensary at Tastee Diner delt setback – Laurel Leader
Maryland gets $2 million grant to prep Purple Line corridor – The Washington Post
Election changes to come after Prince George’s voting delays – WRC
Exemptions to campaign finance reporting rules are on the chopping block in Hyattsville as several City Council members, notably Mayor Candace Hollingsworth and Ward 3 Councilor Carianna Suiter argued for the preservation of the existing reporting schedule. “I do feel like those are important tools for transparency for both the voter and the candidate,” said Suiter, the first to question the proposed reporting rule changes. Debate came during its Nov. 5, 2018, meeting, where Hyattsville City Council considered for a second time a suite of amendments to the city’s elections code. Most of the tweaks work around the edges of the code to clarify terms and vague language.
As a municipal election looms in 2019 for Hyattsville, city officials there are considering a number of changes to its city election laws to eliminate confusion over campaign finance regulations and institute enforceable penalties for infractions. Notably, the revisions would impose steep fines on candidates who miss campaign finance reporting deadlines. Further, victorious candidates who have failed to file required campaign finance disclosure forms will not be allowed to be sworn in, receive a paycheck or otherwise take office until the forms are filed. However, while campaign finance reporting requirements are being tightened up, the rules would also make it easier for thrifty candidates to avoid filing those same campaign finance reports. The new law would only require candidates to file campaign finance reports, hire a treasurer and open a bank account if those candidates expected to raise or spend more than $1,000 in the course of the campaign.
“Four more years!”
You don’t hear those words in College Park’s municipal political circles. That’s because College Park City Council members, including the mayor, serve two year terms, with every council seat up for grabs every election. But College Park City Council members have begun to debate amending the city’s charter to stretch those terms to four years with staggered elections, where half of council and the mayor run one election followed by the other half (minus the mayor) in the following election two years later. Council first discussed the measure during a worksession held August 8, 2018. During that meeting, College Park City Council members chatted with Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton.
If you want to make sense of how Prince George’s County Council’s primary election shook out for district seats, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve created a choropleth map, embedded below, that charts out the relative performance of the winners of Prince George’s County Council district seats (but, importantly, not the two at-large County Council races) in each of the county’s voting precincts. Each County Council district seat is shaded along an individual gradient of color indicating how the overall winners performed in each precinct. Darker colors indicate a larger share of the precinct-level vote totals. Clicking within a given precinct reveals an infobox breaking down the election result in that precinct.
Barring a major upset, former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will be Prince George’s County’s next chief executive. Pictured above: Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker at a 2018 Memorial Day event in Bladensburg. Alsobrooks ran away with the Democratic primary election for Prince George’s County Executive, securing nearly 62 percent of the vote in a nine-way campaign. Her only real serious contender throughout the campaign was Donna Edwards, former congressional representative for Maryland’s Fourth District. Edwards could only muster 24 percent of County primary voters to her cause by the time polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, one-hour later than normal due to extended voting hours imposed after several Baltimore polling places opened later than expected.