Frederick County Voting Information – Ballot Questions and Board of Education

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There are four Ballot Questions on your election ballot for this year.  All four are amendments to the Frederick County Charter.

Question A – Council Non-Interference

Question B – Borrowing Limitations

Question C – Council Member Vacancy

Question D – County Executive Vacancy

The language that appears on the Ballot:

Question A

This Charter Amendment would amend the Frederick County Charter to require the County Executive to provide any information that is requested by an individual County Council member which is for the purpose of introducing and evaluating legislation or to engage in the review and monitoring of Government programs, activities, and policy implementation.

Question B

This Charter Amendment would amend the Frederick County Charter to reduce the percentage of assessable property the County can pledge from debt from 5 – 3 percent of assessable real property, and from 15 to 9 percent of assessable personal property.

Question C

This Charter Amendment would amend the Frederick County Charter to provide that the County Council shall fill a vacancy on the Council by choosing one of three persons from a list submitted by the central committee of the same political party as the vacating member. If no list is submitted or the vacating member was not a member of a political party, the Council shall appoint a person it deems best qualified to hold office.   If the Council fails to fill the vacancy within 45 days, the County Executive shall fill the vacancy by following the same procedure. All persons considered for appointment shall be presented to the public and shall be interviewed by either the Council or Executive, allowing for public comment, prior to appointment. If the vacancy occurs in the first year of the vacating member’s term, after a person is appointed to temporarily fill the vacancy, a special election will be held to elect and fill the vacancy for the balance of the term.

Question D

This Charter Amendment would amend the Frederick County Charter to provide a process to fill a vacancy in the position of County Executive. The County Council shall fill a vacancy of the Executive by choosing one of three persons from a list submitted by the central committee of the same political party as the vacating Executive. If no list is submitted or the vacating Executive was not a member of a political party, the Council shall appoint a person it deems best qualified to hold office.  If the Council fails to fill the vacancy within 45 days, the Council shall appoint the County’s Chief Administrative Officer. All persons considered for appointment shall be presented to the public and shall be interviewed, allowing for public comment, prior to appointment. If the vacancy occurs in the first year of the vacating Executive’s term, after a person is appointed to temporarily fill the vacancy, a special election will be held to elect and fill the vacancy for the balance of the term.

More information on the Ballot Questions can be found on the County website here.

Do your research before you vote. 

IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION, LEAVE IT BLANK.

The same thing applies to candidates, if you don’t know anything about them, DO NOT THROW DARTS and hope for the best.

Your ballot is still valid regardless of how many questions or candidates you don’t vote for.  You might be surprised how many people only vote for President of the United States.  We’re OK with that.  It’s better to not vote than regret voting. 

If you need help deciding, contact your local Republican/Democrat Central Committee or your local political clubs.  They will help you understand the ballot questions. 

Your local Republican or Democrat Central Committees are elected to office to help their respective parties grow, inform the public and recruit candidates.

The Tentacle posted the links to the Board of Education candidates in a past article here.  We sent out a questionnaire to all the candidates in April.  Only Sue Johnson was professional enough to respond.  Her answers are here: Part I, Part II and Part III

The Tentacle writes frequently on Frederick County Public Schools in our Education section.  We write about the controversial topics not normally covered in the Frederick News Post.

Know who and/or what you are supporting or skip it and leave it blank. The next election, 2022 will be here before you know it.  Be an informed voter.

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