We are just days away from our General Election to elect our President and, locally, our Mayor and other municipal leaders. I’m excited to see this day come and encouraged by the hope and commitment that we see as a result of Maryland’s record breaking voter turnout.
If you were unable to request a mail-in ballot, please take a moment to use one of the early voting centers from now until Monday evening. Baltimore City residents can vote at any of the listed early voting locations.
We the People—Holding Our Government Accountable to Us!
As a part of our commitment to hold government accountable to us, we the people, I continue actively following local and state elections practices for fairness and accessibility.
You may recall that last month I wrote about the alarm I felt in learning that Northeast Baltimore had a staggering geographic gap in the placement of ballot drop-off boxes. The problem was acutely demonstrated when considering that the placement left the 13th Council District without a single ballot drop-box. I found the matter to be a grave disappointment and wrote to our local board of elections exclaiming the facts: 1) we are without adequate access to ballot drop-boxes, and 2) the problem must be addressed urgently! You can view local coverage about the issue here and review the letter I sent the Baltimore City Board of Elections here.
I eagerly awaited the board’s prompt action to address the problem and as was reported by Fox45, WBFF on September 30, 2020 – “Linda Lamone, state elections administrator, called McCray Tuesday, according to him, and said there would be another box installed at the Herring Run Branch Library in the Belaire-Edison neighborhood during the second round of installations – between Oct. 15-17.” I was proud to be a part of the solution to this problem and I am delighted that the Board of Elections acted swiftly to remedy this wrong. You can also watch the news segment discussing the matter by clicking the link on the image above.
I’m very excited to share that I am among the leaders whom Brandon Scott invited to join his transition team as he organizes the work of being Baltimore’s next Mayor. I wholeheartedly believe that Brandon brings the energy, enthusiasm, public policy know-how, and management acumen to move our city forward. The work of the transition team continues the work I do as a legislator, making government work for us and improving the quality of life and level of services we receive as citizens of Baltimore City.
Finally, I would like to leave you with a beautiful representation of the hope that I feel for our future. As you can see from the image of the new playground at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School, encouraging developments are happening despite the many challenges we face. This moment in which we live can be overwhelming, but we have cause for hope and excitement for the now and improving future that is ahead.
Please take a moment to watch the video I shared to mark the opening of this new dynamic and fun playground for our young people.
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Listening. Learning. Leading.
Cory V. McCray
Senator, 45th Legislative District
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