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  1. Presidential Election Information

    For the 2016 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot.  To vote in person, voters who reside in Baltimore County can vote before election day at an early voting center in Baltimore County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Baltimore County.  

    Early Voting

    Baltimore County voters may vote at any one of the nine early voting centers.  Early voting centers will be open for voting from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Thursday, October 27 through and including Thursday, November 3.  The best days to vote early to avoid delays are Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30. The early voting centers in Baltimore County are located at:

    • Arbutus Recreation Center – 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227
    • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
    • Honeygo Run Community Center – 9033 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
    • Randallstown Community Center – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
    • Reisterstown Senior Center – 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
    • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center – 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
    • Towson University – 7720 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
    • Woodlawn Community Center – 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
    • Victory Villa Community Center – 404 E Compass Road, Middle River, MD 21220 

    Addresses of all of the early voting centers are available at

    Election Day Voting

    Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  On election day, polling places will be open for voting from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10:00 a.m .and 4:00 p.m. 

    On election day, Baltimore County voters should vote at their assigned polling place. Voters can find their assigned polling place by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Baltimore County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find your Polling Place link at

    Voters who have moved, but have not updated their address with the Baltimore County Board of Elections, should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections.  It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted. 

    How Do I Vote? 

    There is a new paper-based voting system in Maryland. Voters will now cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use pens to mark paper ballots by hand. There will be an accessible device for voters who need help reading or marking a ballot.

    All voters will insert their marked paper ballots into a scanner. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot. 

    For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Absentee voters who choose to receive their ballot electronically, print their own paper ballot to mark by hand or use the online ballot marking tool to mark and print the ballot. To mark a ballot by hand, voters fill in the ovals next to the candidates or ballot question responses for which they want to vote. At the Baltimore County Board of Elections, the ballot is fed into a scanner which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters.  

    All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation. 

    How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot? 

    Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax.

    Visit to request an absentee ballot. The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, November 4, 2016.  Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template. 

    If a Baltimore County voter misses the above deadlines but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections before 8:00 p.m. on election day. Visit for more information. 

    Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on election day or mailed on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, November 18, 2016.  All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election. 

    What is a Provisional Ballot? 

    A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application and then issued a paper ballot.  It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted. 

    All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election.  A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Baltimore County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot.  Additional information about provisional voting is available at

    More information

    Voters can visit for more 2016 election information or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).



    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:17:00 GMT
  2. Kamenetz presents transportation priorities to the State

    Transportation request focuses on economic growth and quality of life

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented his State transportation priorities to Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn this afternoon during the Secretary’s visit to Baltimore County as part of MDOT’s annual Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) tour.

    The County Executive’s request letter is below:

    Honorable Pete K. Rahn, Secretary
    Maryland Department of Transportation
    7201 Corporate Center Drive
    P.O. Box 548
    Hanover, Maryland 21076

    Dear Secretary Rahn:

    On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore County, I thank the staff of the Maryland Department of Transportation for your continued consideration of our transportation priorities. The Baltimore metropolitan region is now the fifth most congested in the country, and it is inhibiting the growth of our local economy.  Researchers indicate that traffic congestion will only get worse in the next twenty years.  We need a comprehensive regional transit system that will support our local economy and accommodate future growth in a safe and reliable manner.

    It is estimated that each State dollar invested in the Baltimore region will reach more than 25% of the State’s population.  In last year’s annual priority letter, I advocated that a cost analysis be undertaken to include the average daily trips (ADT) to be accommodated for each State dollar of investment for transportation improvements.  Since then, the Maryland General Assembly adopted legislation that requires MDOT to rank large transportation projects according to environmental, capacity and economic development factors. This reasoned, non-binding analysis should help guide the Department in making wise investment choices of limited capital dollars.

    For these reasons, I am requesting the following transportation priorities be considered as part of the FY 2017 - FY 2022 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), to ensure that Baltimore County and the entire Baltimore region have the transit solutions necessary to promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life for our communities.

    Commuter Mass Transit Alternatives - Baltimore Region

    The State has begun a much-needed review to upgrade the region’s bus system, and we look forward to learning more details about how this effort might improve on-time performance, reliability and passenger comfort. As suggested last year, the MTA should acquire mobile applications that allow all system riders (bus and rail) a real-time view of the arrival times, as well as on-board wi-fi access.

    While potential improvements to the bus system will benefit existing riders, we also believe that a comprehensive mass transit strategy must attract new riders – those choice riders who must be persuaded to give up their use of automobiles - if we truly want to relieve gridlock in our region.

    The idea of attracting choice riders to mass transit is not a new concept.  The State accepted responsibility for providing our region with rail mass transit 45 years ago, and Baltimore County has benefitted from construction of terminus stations for both the Metro and Light Rail systems. This shared vision also offered hope that reliable and efficient transit to connect east-west commuters through the region would become a reality, which the Red Line offered as the consensus solution by local, state and federal partners.

    Notwithstanding the Governor’s decision to abandon the Red Line, it is imperative that an east/west plan be developed that will address the transit needs of these choice riders. Such discussion should include consideration of a rail or rapid bus transit link starting from Woodlawn, which is home to more than 10,000 employees of the Social Security Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the FBI.  Woodlawn provides easy access to I-695 and I-70, along with an existing park and ride lot, with right-of-way access already leading into the City.  This line should extend to an expanded Lexington Market transit hub, where it could join the existing Metro and Light Rail systems as transfer points.  This concept represents a major opportunity to increase transit accessibility to a high volume of commuters in search of alternative transportation options.  It could also mitigate the downtown tunnel cost that appeared to impact the State’s decision on the Red Line.

    Economic Development Related Traffic Improvements

    Owings Mills

    • Funding of the long-planned interchange on Northwest Expressway (I-795) at Dolfield Boulevard remains a top County priority, as it will alleviate traffic congestion due to increased economic development in the area associated with the Metro Center transit-oriented development (TOD) and Foundry Row (Wegmans) retail and office center.  Baltimore County previously has demonstrated its support by providing $1.5M in planning and acquisition money to the State for the interchange, as well as completion of the $6M Dolfield Boulevard improvements.  This priority has the support of the Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable, comprised of the region’s major employers, including CareFirst and T. Rowe Price, as well as the developers of major job producing projects situated on Red Run Boulevard.
    • Recently approved State road improvements at Reisterstown Road (MD 140) and Painters Mill Road has the support of County government and we urge continuation of funding to completion.

    Sparrows Point

    Baltimore County is excited that its vision for the future of Sparrows Point is being embraced by Trade Point Atlantic.  The plan incorporates the highest and best use of this unique asset:  3,100 acres of industrial zoned land, with access to deep water port channel, two interstate highways and two rail lines.  We once again urge the State to invest in certain infrastructure improvements to facilitate implementation of the plan.  State infrastructure investment to support the Port of Baltimore and Trade Point Atlantic will result in a generation of new jobs for the region.

    • The construction of a full interchange at I-695 and Exit 44 (Broening Highway) would maximize the potential redevelopment activities at Trade Point Atlantic, would allow for truck avoidance of the toll plaza, and would reduce truck traffic that impacts residential communities on Dundalk and Holabird Avenues.
    • Several bridges are in danger of closure due to lack of maintenance, and without rehabilitation present an impediment to the success of the Trade Point Atlantic project:
    • MD 151 over Wharf Road and Industrial Railroad (Bridge No. 0309900)
    • MD 157 over Ramps to I-695 (Bridge No. 0330900)
    • Wharf Road Ramp over Wharf Road
    • Wharf Road over Baltimore Industrial Railroad (Bridge No. 0335100)

    White Marsh/Middle River

    • Designation of the AV Williams property and the former federal depot site adjacent to the Middle River MARC Train Station as a transit-oriented development project would stimulate the economy creating retail, residential and transportation opportunities for that area.
    • Funding for street improvements on Philadelphia Road (MD 7) including, widening and raising of the road from Mohrs Lane to Campbell Boulevard is needed. This roadway improvement will increase traffic capacity and roadway safety for the future Campbell Boulevard extension. This future connection would not only provide another important link between MD 43 corridor and White Marsh Town Center, but it would also enhance Pulaski Highway as a location for new employment-related development. Currently, there is no east to west access from Pulaski Highway between Middle River Road and MD 43.

    Community Development – Streets, Streetscape and Sidewalk Improvements


    There are a number of minor transportation projects that can inject new opportunities for older business communities.

    • Kenwood Avenue Sidewalk from Lillian Holt Road to Hazelwood Avenue

    The County portion of Kenwood Avenue has been completed for many years.The State’s portion of Kenwood Avenue near Overlea High School has not been completed. Completion of Kenwood Avenue sidewalk would enhance pedestrian safety for Overlea High School.

    • Frederick Road MD 144 (Frederick Road from Prospect Avenue to Briarwood Road) 

    Local residents and property owners have been discussing ways to improve the Paradise Business Community. There have been significant improvements made to the greater Catonsville commercial corridor on Frederick Road outside of the Beltway, but more needs to be done for the vulnerable part of the corridor inside the Beltway.  Specifically, improvements would include sidewalks, landscaping, tree trimming, street lighting, and furniture that would help give Paradise a more cohesive appearance.  The most important improvement would be the removal of the elevated tree planters that impede pedestrian traffic and block signage. The main building behind the planters has been purchased and a new streetscape could leverage/encourage reinvestment into this building and others along this section of the corridor.

    • Eastern Avenue MD 150 (Mace Avenue to MD 702)

    The Eastern Avenue Streetscape project in downtown Essex is one of the oldest in the County and in need of significant upgrades. The wooden benches have rotted, trees have died leaving empty wells, sidewalks are in need of repair, etc. The public realm looks downtrodden and it is very difficult to encourage private reinvestment for improvements in buildings. A priority would be the downtown blocks and gateways into the older downtown "main street." Public investment could also jumpstart renewed business activism and involvement.

    Thank you for this opportunity to present Baltimore County’s transportation priorities in the FY 2017- FY 2022 CTP.

    Note: Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz also presented letters with transportation related requests from Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and Councilman Wade Kach.

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:56:00 GMT
  3. Free flu shots this Saturday at seven locations

    Residents encouraged to come to Super Saturday clinics

    Baltimore County, Maryland—Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services and “Sure Shot,” the Department of Health mascot, announced the County’s Super Saturday, free flu vaccination clinics.

    On Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the follow locations in each of the seven councilmanic districts:

    Drumcastle Government Center
    6401 York Road, First Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21212

    Dundalk Middle School
    7400 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222

    Hereford Middle School
    712 Corbett Road
    Monkton, Maryland 21111

    Lansdowne Middle School
    2400 Lansdowne Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227

    Randallstown Community Center
    3505 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133

    Middle River Middle School
    800 Middle River Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21220

    Pikesville Middle School
    7701 Seven Mile Lane
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

    Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

    “Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially dangerous illness,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “By having clinics located across the County, we are making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get their free, annual flu shot on Saturday.”

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine - even if they were vaccinated last year - since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains my change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.

    “I am urging all individuals six months and older to stay in the game and get a flu shot this year,” stated Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “As I remind residents every fall, the best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

    For more information on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:40:00 GMT
  4. Is Your Infant Sleeping Safely?

    Linda Grossman, M.D., Chief, Bureau of Clinical Services, Baltimore County Department of Health

    Sudden Unexpected Death of Infancy (including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS) is one of the biggest fears of every parent. Recommendations to keep a baby safe while sleeping have changed dramatically over the past 25 years, which has led to much confusion among family members.

    baby sleeping

    Medical evidence about the impact of sleep positions on the incidence of deaths in infancy began to accumulate in the late 1980s. Based on this evidence, in 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending that babies always be put to sleep on their backs. As a result of the change in recommendations about sleep position for infants, and the efforts to educate parents about this, the overall SIDS rate dropped more than 50% in the United States, with higher drops among racial and ethnic groups that more completely accepted the new recommendation.

    While rates of SIDS have fallen dramatically, it continues to be the third leading cause of death for infants. This has led to an expansion of the recommendations to also address risks of suffocation and other factors which impact a child’s breathing. The new recommendations focus on:

    1. Putting the infant on his or her back to sleep every time they go to sleep.
    2. Using a firm mattress bed that meets current safety guidelines for infants.
    3. Having the infant sleep in his or her own bed in the parents’ room, but not in the parents’ bed. Sleeping with others dramatically increases the risk of suffocation either from the parent rolling over on the child or the child getting caught in the bedding or pillows.
    4. Keeping soft objects and bedding out of the infant’s bed – no stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, or bumper pads.

    Additional recommendations that have made a difference in reducing infant deaths include breastfeeding babies, using pacifiers for comfort at nap and bedtimes, avoiding overheating and preventing smoke exposure either directly or on the caretaker’s clothing. Note, it is especially important that all caregivers of infants be aware of the importance of these recommendations, as it is crucial that each sleep be as safe as possible for infants. So spread the word about safe sleeping!


    Sleep safety resources

    NIH Safe to Sleep Campaign

    American Academy of Pediatrics Parent's Guide To Safe Sleep

    CDC Grief Resources for Parents and Caregivers

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:51:00 GMT
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