Two forums on straw poll slated
SUDLERSVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters is holding two informational forums on the upcoming election’s straw poll regarding the way Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are elected.
The issue will appear as a non-binding question on the next election’s ballot, asking if four county commissioners should be elected only by the voters of the district in which the candidate resides. The fifth commissioner will remain elected at large.
If enacted, the voter would have two county commissioner representatives, one from the district in which the voter lives and the at-large commissioner.
The public is invited to two free forums on the issue. One will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sudlersville Senior Center at 605 Foxx town Drive in Sudlersville, the other on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Island Library at 200 Library Circle (off Route 18) in Stevensville.
Both the for and against sides will be presented at the forums.
County Commissioner Jim Moran and Church Hill Town Commissioner Charlie Rhodes will advocate in favor of the change.
Advocating against such a change and maintaining the current method in which voters elect all five County Commissioners will be County Commissioner Steve Wilson and Kent Island Heritage Society President Jack Broderick.
They will state their positions and reasoning and then respond to questions from the audience.
The question on the ballot under consideration is “Do you favor changing the method of selection of four of the five members of the Queen Anne’s County Board of County Commissioners from the current method of being elected at large by the voters of Queen Anne’s County, with one member residing in each of the four election districts, to a new method where each of the four members is elected by only the voters of the district in which the member resides and the fifth member is elected at large and may reside in any district of the County?”
The results of the election vote are not binding, and it will fall to the current County Commissioners to decide whether or not to ask the state General Assembly to change the way Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are elected.
These forums are purely informational and the League of Women Voters does not allow electioneering to take place in the building. Campaign-type literature and paraphernalia are not allowed in the building before and during the forums. Signs outside and distribution of campaign materials outside after the forum are permitted.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. Women and men age 16 and older are invited to join the League.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, but early voting is from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 3.