#251 Voter Registration and Participation Portal
In 2018, Baltimore City had 387,188 registered voters. Only 167,741 (43%) voted in the 2018 midterm elections. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland-sees-modest-bump-in-voter-turnout-amid-contentious-midterm/65-611898699 While this is a 6% increase from the last midterm in 2014, it's still not enough.
Jun 27, 2022
Sep 25, 2019
Why it matters
We need to provide accessible educational resources to Baltimoreans to empower them to exercise their right to vote. For example, many folks aren't aware that, per Md. Election Law Code Ann. § 10-315, employers are required to offer employees up to two hours of paid time off to vote "if the employee does not have 2 hours of continuous off-duty during the time that the polls are open." https://advance.lexis.com/documentpage/?pdmfid=1000516&crid=1cb1bb3e-2c18-4292-a350-6c64becfb748&config=014EJAA2ZmE1OTU3OC0xMGRjLTRlNTctOTQ3Zi0wMDE2MWFhYzAwN2MKAFBvZENhdGFsb2e9wg3LFiffInanDd3V39aA&pddocfullpath=%2Fshared%2Fdocument%2Fstatutes-legislation%2Furn%3AcontentItem%3A5VTH-RNN0-004F-0161-00008-00&pddocid=urn%3AcontentItem%3A5VTH-RNN0-004F-0161-00008-00&pdcontentcomponentid=234188&pdteaserkey=sr0&pditab=allpods&ecomp=h567kkk&earg=sr0&prid=84bf241f-bf59-46db-96d7-b7ed88acb82e
What does "good" look like?
Good looks like empowering Baltimoreans with access to the information they need in order to vote confidently in federal, state, and local elections.
How could technology solve this?
Baltimore residents deserve access to easy online resources that provide information on how to register to vote, what to expect when they vote, estimated wait times at the polls, etc. An online portal with this information could also provide information on local, state, and federal elections / candidates, offering a quick snapshot of different elections that voters may participate in. Such a portal could be especially useful to high school seniors and college students who have never voted before.