At the first Board meeting following the Annual Membership Meeting each year, the LWVAAC Board of Directors reviews, revises when appropriate, and reaffirms the League's nonpartisan policy. The following was unanimously adopted on May 25, 2021.
The League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County is a nonpartisan organization.
The League takes positions on issues but does not support or oppose political candidates or parties.
Members may participate in the political party of their choice as long as the individual does not represent the League publicly, as President or spokesperson.
The President of the League should not display publicly his/her party affiliation.
In any voter service activity or candidate forum, the League members involved may not indicate their party affiliation by what they say or by any insignia.
Serving as a campaign manager or treasurer for a political party or hosting a fundraiser for a candidate should not be done by a member of the Board or any highly visible representative of the League.
ARTICLE I Name
Section 1. Name. The name of this organization is the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County, Inc., herein referred to as the League. The League is an integral part of the League of Women Voters of the United States, herein referred to as the LWVUS, and of the League of Women Voters of Maryland, herein referred to as the LWVMD.
ARTICLE II Purposes and Policy
Section 1. Purposes. The purposes of the League are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government and to act on selected governmental issues.
Section 2. Policies. The policies of the League are:
(a) Political Policy. The League shall not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
(b) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy. The League is fully committed to ensure compliance - in principle and in practice - with LWVUS’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy.
ARTICLE III Membership
Section 1. Eligibility. Any individual who subscribes to the purposes and policy of the League shall be eligible for membership.
Section 2. Types of Membership. The membership of the League shall be composed of voting members and associate members.
(a) Voting Members.
(1) Persons at least 16 years of age who join the League shall be voting members of the League, the LWVMD and the LWVUS and any regional League to which this League belongs.
(2) Those who live inside the area of the League may join the League or any other League. Those who reside outside the area of the League may join the League, another local League or shall be LWVMD members-at-large.
(3) Life Members. Those who have been members of the League for 50 years or more shall be life members excused from payment of dues.
(4) Student Members. Those who are enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited institution shall be student members.
(b) Associate Members. All others who join the League will be associate members.
ARTICLE IV Board of Directors
Section 1. Selection, Qualifications, and Terms. The Board of Directors (herein referred to as the Board) shall consist of the officers of the League, six (6) elected directors and not more than six (6) appointed directors.
(a) All directors shall be voting members of the League. Three (3) directors shall be elected by the general membership at each annual meeting. Elected directors shall take office immediately and shall serve for two (2 ) years or until their successors have been elected or appointed.
(b) At the first Board meeting following the annual meeting, the elected Board members shall appoint additional directors not exceeding six (6) as they consider necessary to carry on the work of the League. The terms of office of the appointed directors shall expire at the conclusion of the next annual meeting.
(c) Vacancies other than the presidency may be filled by vote of the remaining members of the Board. The person filling the vacancy shall serve until the end of the unexpired term.
(d) The Board may designate long-standing Board members as Board members emeritus, who shall not vote but may provide counsel to the Board.
(e) The Board, by a majority vote, may terminate a Board member for, but not limited to, the following reasons:
(1) Failure to appear at three (3) consecutive Board meetings without advance notification to the President.
(2) Failure to comply with League policies and guidelines concerning conflict of interest as set forth in LWVMD guide for local Leagues.
Section 2. Powers and Duties. The Board shall manage and supervise the business, affairs and activities of the League subject to the instructions of the general membership at the annual meeting. It shall select delegates to the state convention and council and to the national convention. It shall accept responsibility for other matters as the national or state board may delegate to it. It shall have the power to create special committees as it considers necessary and shall perform other duties as specified in these bylaws.
Section 3. Meetings. There shall be at least seven (7) regular meetings of the Board annually. The President may call a special meeting of the Board and shall call a special meeting upon the request of five (5) members of the Board.
Section 4. Quorum. A majority of the members of the Board must be present at a Board meeting to conduct official League business.
ARTICLE V Officers
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the League shall include:
(a) One of the following combinations:
(1) A President and a Vice-President, or
(2) Two Co-Presidents, or
(3) A Governing Executive Board; and
(b) A Secretary; and
(c) A Treasurer.
Section 2. Terms and Elections.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection:
(1) The officers shall be elected for terms of two (2) years by the general membership at the annual meeting;
(2) The President, Co-Presidents or Governing Executive Board, and the Secretary shall be elected in odd-numbered years;
(3) The Vice President and the Treasurer shall be elected in even-numbered years;
(4) Officers shall take office immediately with the exception of the Treasurer;
(5) The outgoing Treasurer shall continue to serve along with the newly-elected Treasurer until the League’s accounts and records have been duly transferred, no later than June 30.
(b) When a President is elected to succeed Co-Presidents, the Vice-President shall be elected in the same year as the President and shall serve an initial term of one (1) year.
(c) An individual serving as President or Co-President shall not hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms.
Section 3. Authorities and Responsibilities.
(a) The President. The President shall have the customary powers of supervision and management of the office; shall preside at all meetings of the League and the Board or designate another member to preside; shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. In the absence of the Treasurer, the President may sign or endorse checks, drafts, or notes; and shall perform other duties as the Board may direct. In the event of the absence, disability, resignation or death of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the office of President. If the Vice-President is not able to serve as President, the Board shall fill the vacancy from among the elected directors.
(b) Co-Presidents. Co-Presidents shall have all the powers enumerated in Section 3(a). They shall determine how those powers shall be divided between them. In the event of the absence, disability, resignation or death of a Co-President, the other Co-President shall assume the office of President. If the other Co-President is not able to serve as President, the Board shall fill the Co-Presidency vacancy from among the elected directors.
(c) Governing Executive Board. A Governing Executive Board shall consist of the Board members, both elected and appointed, acting as a governing body without an executive. The Board members shall assume the powers of the President and divide the powers among themselves.
(d) The Vice-President. The Vice-President shall perform duties the President and the Board direct.
(e) The Secretary. The Secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings of the membership and of the Board. The Secretary shall notify all officers and directors of their election and shall sign with the President all contracts and other instruments when authorized by the Board and shall perform other duties the President and the Board direct.
(f) The Treasurer. The Treasurer shall perform the customary duties of the office and arrange for an annual review or audit of the books and records.
ARTICLE VI Executive Committee
The purpose of the Executive Committee is to advise and support the President (or Co-Presidents). It shall be comprised of the elected officers and chaired by the President. Meetings shall be convened by the chair or at the request of a majority of Executive Committee members. When convened, it shall consider and may authorize any League activities and expenditures not reserved in the bylaws for member or Board approval. Decisions shall be by consensus with the chair having final say. The chair may invite the participation of additional Board members or portfolio chairs to address a specific focus area or project. The Executive Committee may convene in person, virtually or via group email.
ARTICLE VII Financial Administration
Section 1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the League is from July 1 to June 30.
Section 2. Dues. Dues shall be payable annually on the anniversary of the individual’s enrollment. The Board may set reduced dues for students, associate and household members, and may provide scholarships for active members. A member who fails to pay dues within three (3) months after they are due shall be dropped from the membership roster.
Section 3. Budget Committee. The Board shall appoint the Committee. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Committee but shall not serve as chair. The proposed budget shall be prepared not later than two (2) months before the annual meeting and provided to all members not later than one (1) month before the annual meeting.
Section 4. Distribution of Funds on Dissolution. In the event of the dissolution of the League, all money and securities of the League shall be paid to the LWVMD after the state and national per-member payments and other obligations have been met. All other property of the League shall be conveyed to a person, organization or corporation for public, charitable, or educational uses and purposes as the Board in it absolute discretion may designate.
ARTICLE VIII Meetings
Section 1. Membership Meetings. There shall be at least 3 meetings of the membership each year. The Board shall determine the dates, times and places of the meetings.
Section 2. Annual Membership Meeting. An annual meeting of the members shall be held between April 1 and June 30, on a date to be determined by the Board. At the annual meeting, members present and voting, shall:
- Adopt a local program for the next year.
- Elect officers, directors, and a member to the nominating committee.
- Determine the amount of dues members shall pay.
- Adopt a budget.
- Transact other business that properly comes before them.
Section 3. Quorum. Ten percent (10%) of the voting members must be present at a general membership meeting to conduct official League business.
ARTICLE IX Committees and Elections
Section 1. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members: The Chair, preferably a current or former Board member, shall be appointed by the Board for the following program year in advance of the annual meeting; one (1) member, who shall not be a Board member but shall be elected at the annual meeting; and one (1) member, who shall be a Board member, will be appointed by the Board immediately after the annual meeting. A committee vacancy shall be filled by a Board appointment.
(a) Report of the Nominating Committee. The report of the Nominating Committee shall be sent to all members one (1) month before the date of the annual meeting.
(b) Other Nominations. A nomination may be made from the floor at the annual meeting by a voting member, if the proposed nominee consents.
(c) Elections. The election shall be by ballot. If there is only one nominee for each office, the Secretary may be instructed to cast the ballot for every nominee. A majority of members qualified to vote, present and voting, shall constitute an election. Absentee and proxy voting are not permitted.
Section 2. Budget Committee. See Article VII, Financial Administration.
Section 3. Bylaws Review Committee. The Committee shall consist of three (3) members. The Board shall appoint two (2) Board members, who shall select a non-Board member, to review bylaws annually. Any changes to the bylaws shall be reported to the Board for approval before presenting them to be voted on by members at the next annual meeting.
ARTICLE X Principles and Program
Section 1. Principles. The principles of the League are concepts of government adopted by the national convention and supported by the League as a whole. They are the authorization for the adoption of the national, state and local program.
Section 2. Program. The program of the League shall consist of action to implement the principles and those local governmental issues chosen at the annual meeting for study and action as follows:
(a) Voting members may make recommendations to the Board not later than two (2) months before the annual meeting.
(b) The Board shall consider these recommendations and formulate a proposed program that shall be sent to the members not later than 1 month before the annual meeting.
(c) The members may adopt a program by a majority vote. Program recommendations properly submitted to the Board, but not proposed by the Board, shall by majority vote be considered at the annual meeting and by majority vote may be adopted at the annual meeting.
Section 3. Changes in Program. Changes to the program may be made if:
(a) Information concerning the proposed change has been sent to all members at least two (2) weeks before the annual meeting at which the change is discussed; and final action by the membership is taken at a succeeding meeting.
Section 4. Program Action.
(a) Members may act in the name of the League only if authorized by the Board.
(b) Members may act only in conformity with a position of the League, the LWVMD, and the LWVUS.
ARTICLE XI National Convention, State Convention and Council
Section 1. National Convention. The Board of Directors shall select delegates to the convention of the LWVUS up to the number allotted by the bylaws of that organization.
Section 2. State Convention and Council. The Board of Directors shall select delegates to the convention or council of the LWVMD up to the number allotted by the bylaws of that organization.
ARTICLE XII Parliamentary Authority
Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the League in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.
ARTICLE XIII Amendments
The bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the voting members at an annual meeting, if the proposed amendments are submitted to the membership in writing not later than one (1) month before the meeting.
ARTICLE XIV Virtual Meetings
Board and membership meetings may be held, and League business conducted, by virtual means.
Revised April 9, 2022
Click here to download PDF copy of 2022 LWVAAC bylaws.
Niecy Chambers published Candidate Forum Policy in LWVAAC Reference Library 2022-05-05 17:28:05 -0400
LWVAAC CANDIDATE FORUM POLICY (adopted 2018)
Eligibility Criteria for Participation in LWVAAC Candidate Forums & Debates:
It is the policy of the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County that candidate debates and forums should be inclusive of all candidates who have qualified to be on the ballot, including all candidates of state recognized political parties, independent candidates and writein candidates. To be invited to participate, a candidate must meet the following criteria:
1) be legally qualified, if elected, to hold the office under federal and state law; AND
2) have filed and met all requirements to be on the ballot according to Maryland’s
election laws ten (10) weeks prior to any election.
Niecy Chambers published Voting in the 2022 Primary Election in Voter Toolkit 2022-05-05 17:27:52 -0400
Voting by Mail in 2022
Citizens seeking to vote by mail MUST REQUEST a mail-in ballot.
- To apply for a mail-in ballot, go online to voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/onlinemailinrequest, text VBM to 77788, or apply in person at the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, 6740 Baymeadow Drive, Glen Burnie, MD. Call 410-222-6600 for assistance.
- The Board of Elections must receive the application for a mail-in ballot by July 12 for the Primary Election and November 1 for the General Election. See below for complete instructions.
- Track the status of your ballot here: voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch
- Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated ballot drop box by 8 pm on July 19, 2022 for the Primary Election and by 8 pm on November 8, 2022 for the Gubernatorial General Election.
2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election Dates
Register to vote, update registration or change party affiliation online, by mail or in person: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Early Voting: Thursday, July 7 through Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 7am-8pm
Election Day: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 7am-8pm
Register to vote or update registration at polling place (cannot change party): Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Registering to Vote
To register to vote, you must be: You cannot have been:
A U.S. citizen;
Convicted of buying or selling votes;
A Maryland resident; and
Under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote; or
At least 16 years old.*
Convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment.
*You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
How to register: You may register to vote, update your registration and/or change your party affiliation online, or in person at any of the following:
- Your local board of elections;
- The State Board of Elections;
- Your local Department of Health office;
- The Maryland Department of Human Services local offices;
- The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offices;
- Your local Area Agency on Aging office;
- The MTA Paratransit Certification Office;
- All public institutions of higher education;
- Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces;
- Marriage license offices; and
- Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.
Registration deadlines: Registration officially closes 21 days before an election. For the 2022 Maryland Primary Election, this deadline is Tuesday, June 28.
Same day registration: Maryland law allows residents to register to vote and/or update their address in person at early voting sites and at their voting precinct on election day. Party affiliation may not be changed. Bring a document that proves where you live, such as your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.
How to Request Your Mail-In Ballot
In January 2022, the state Board of Elections sent a Mail-in Ballot Request Form to all eligible registered voters in Maryland. This form may be used to request mail-in ballots for the 2022 Primary and General Elections as well as to register to receive mail-in ballots for all future federal and state elections.
If you didn't receive the form and wish to vote by mail in the 2022 primary, first check to make sure your voter registration information is correct here: voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.
Then request a mail-in ballot (previously called an "absentee ballot") using one of these options:
Request your ballot online now.
- This will require a Maryland driver’s license or state ID.
Download and print a ballot request form. English | Español
- Fill it out and mail it now. You will need your own envelope and stamp.
If you are an active registered voter, the Board of Elections will send you a ballot request form via U.S. Mail.
- To expedite receipt of your ballot, complete and return the request form as soon as it arrives.
- This request form will come with a postage-paid envelope.
Ballot delivery by U.S. mail is preferable unless it is not practical or possible for you to use that option.
How to Complete & Return Your Mail-In Ballot
- Ballots will be mailed with instructions for marking and returning them to the Board of Elections.
- Follow the instructions carefully. You must sign an oath that accompanies the ballot. Failure to complete the return envelope correctly may result in your ballot not being counted.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than July 19 in order to be counted. Voters are encouraged to return ballots early when possible.
- The Board of Elections website includes a form where you can check to see if your ballot was received.
- Instead of returning your ballot by U.S. Mail, you may put it in one of the secure drop boxes provided by the Board of Elections. Your ballot must be returned to a drop box by 8:00 pm on July 19 to be counted.
Protect your ballot. Be wary of anyone who offers to collect ballots. Be sure that your ballot is sealed in its envelope and put it directly in the U.S. Mail or a Board of Elections drop box.
In-Person Voting at Vote Centers
Early Voting: Thursday, July 7 through Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 7 am-8 pm
- Avoid the rush – vote early!
- You may cast your official ballot at any voting site in the county.
- New voter registration will be available at all voting sites.
- All early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.
Primary Election Day Voting: Tuesday, July 19 from 7 am to 8 pm
- On election day, you must vote at your assigned polling place.
- All election day polling places are open continuously from 7 am until 8 pm on. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.
- New voter registration will be available at all voting sites.
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE. PLAN AHEAD. HOW AND WHEN YOU WILL VOTE?
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In 2019, Matt Johnston was appointed as the first Director of Environmental Policy for Anne Arundel County. This past February, Johnston spoke with LWVAAC’s Programming Director Marguerite Duffy about his experience and the challenges of a changing climate. Excerpts of their conversation appear below. The full interview may be found beginning on p. 7 of the March 2022 issue of LWVAAC's newsletter, The Voter.
Johnston was the lead presenter for LWVAAC's April 21, 2022 Earth Day commemoration, Environmental Challenges and Solutions in Anne Arundel County. In April 2022, he left his position in County government to become Executive Director of the Arundel Rivers Federation.
Niecy Chambers published Personal Pledges for Earth Day 2022 in Take Action 2022-04-21 19:40:38 -0400
What can you do?
What can I do?
What can we do?
In his presentation for LWVAAC's 2022 Earth Day commemoration, outgoing Anne Arundel County Director of Environmental Policy Matt Johnston named three basic investments each of us can make in our planet.Read more
Niecy Chambers published Becoming an Election Judge Has Its Rewards in The Voter Blog 2022-02-08 11:09:47 -0500
By Vera Herath, LWVAAC Voter Services co-chair and Board director
What’s an Election Judge? Well, I’m happy to tell you because I’ve been an Election Judge for nearly 10 years and truly enjoy doing my part to help people vote.
Election Judges are the friendly, helpful people you see working at your polling place when you vote in person. They ensure that qualified registered voters cast their votes privately, safely, and securely. They check in voters and issue Voter Authority Cards and ballots. They guide voters to the voting booths and answer any questions about filling in the ballot. They also help voters scan their ballots so that they are tabulated and counted. Election Judges help provisional voters when necessary. Finally, they have the pleasure of giving each voter a coveted “I voted” sticker to wear proudly.
[Already convinced? Visit the Board of Elections website or read on...]Read more
LWVAAC welcomes you! All persons aged 16 or older are invited to become a full voting member of our county League as well as the League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) and the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS).
Our annual membership dues are $65 for an individual and $95 for a household (two people at the same address). Membership is FREE for students who are currently enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited institution. Our membership year runs from July 1 to June 30.
By authorizing payment of the annual membership dues, you affirm that you are at least 16 years of age and that you subscribe to the policy and purposes of the League of Women Voters.
As an organization, the League of Women Voters adheres to a strict nonpartisan policy. It does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The purposes of the League of Women Voters are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government and to act only on public policy issues that have been studied by its membership.
Please choose the option below that is right for you:
Click the link to join or renew online.
Complete and mail this form along with your check.
Students, click here.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS...EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.
Niecy Chambers published Event Photos and YWCA Collection in Upcoming Events 2019-12-31 11:38:08 -0500
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The League of Women Voters only advocates on an issue after members have studied all sides and reached consensus. This consensus process occurs at the local, state and national level. The League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County has adopted the following positions through study and consensus:
Click on the title below to read recent LWVAAC public testimony and advocacy.
General Assembly SB 214 Anne Arundel County - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program - Exemption (Anne Arundel County Rain Tax Exemption Act of 2014)