October 10, 2008

Voter Registration Numbers Increase

EDITOR'S NOTE: Political Notes is a periodic compilation of announcements.

The number of registered voters in Maryland has already climbed this year, as the Nov. 4 General Election approaches.

The registration deadline is Tuesday.

There were 3.32 million registered voters in Maryland as of Tuesday, an increase of about 180,000 voters from 3.14 million in late January, according to the state Board of Elections.

The bulk of that jump was for the Democratic Party, which gained nearly 140,000 voters. That means there are now 1.87 million registered Democrats statewide.

Residents can register to vote on the state Board of Elections Web site, in county board of elections offices, and in local libraries, among other places, officials said.

A resident is considered a registered voter when that person receives a voter notification card from the local board of elections, according to the state Board of Elections' Web site.

Anyone who does not receive their card three weeks after submitting an application should contact their local board of elections.

Registration is permanent as long as you continue to live in Maryland and keep your name and address current with your local board of elections.

You do not have to re-register when you move within the state, but you must keep your address current.

For more information on how to register, contact the county Board of Elections at 410-222-6600.

Busch honored

The Maryland Park Service has named House Speaker Michael E. Busch as an honorary park ranger because of his support of state parks.

The award, presented to Mr. Busch Oct. 1 at Sandy Point State Park, is one of only 43 Honorary Ranger distinctions granted since the program began in 1994.

Maryland Park Superintendent Nita Settina said Mr. Busch, D- Annapolis, has been a leader for the state's Program Open Space and preservation efforts.

Friday Dems

Ginger Doyel, author of "Over the Bridge: A History of Eastport at Annapolis," will speak at the Almost 7:30 Friday Morning Democratic Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First St.

Greens to meet

During the Anne Arundel County Green Party meeting Tuesday, members will discuss presidential campaign activities, as well as efforts to repeal the death penalty and oppose slots.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the back room of 49 West Coffeehouse, 49 West St. in Annapolis.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.arundelgreens.org.

Town hall meetings

A town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

It will be held by Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Pasadena; Del. Don Dwyer, R-Glen Burnie; Del. Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena; Del. Steve Schuh, R-Gibson Island; and county Councilman Ed Middlebrooks, R-Severn.

For more information, call 410-841-3206 or e-mail [email protected]

Wednesday GOP

During the Wednesday Republican Breakfast Club meeting, County Executive John R. Leopold will discuss the status of the county.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First St. in Annapolis.

Debate parties

The Greater Laurel-Beltsville Democratic Club is hosting a watch party for the presidential debate. The party begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Greene Turtle, 14150 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. The debate begins at 9 p.m.

Elephant Club

During the Elephant Club's "Pizza and Politics" night, Stewart Nickel of Winners Circle Partners will speak about the benefits of slot machines in the state.

The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for pizza and drinks. There is a $5 fee.

For more information, visit www.elephantclub.us, or call 410-437- 2213.

33rd Dems

The 33rd District Democratic Club will host a political discussion and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Perry's Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road in Odenton.

The program begins at 7 p.m., and plans for the general election in District 33 will be discussed. For more information, visit www.33dems.org or call 410-923-2246.

Staff writers Erin Cox and Heather Roth compiled this from staff and wire reports. {Corrections:} {Status:}

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