A ballot effort to alter the form of government has been put before the citizens five times, the first one taking place on November 5, 1968. In that troubled year 75% of the voters turned out for an important national election. Of those 7,010 were against code home rule while 1,570 favored the option. After that, voters considered forms of home rule in 1972, 1991, 1992, and 1996, the initiative failing each time.
Now, for the sixth time, the question will be on the ballot. Since the campaign is underway as billboards sprout up along Route 40, advertisements appear in legacy media outlets, and a speaker’s bureau presents reasons for supporting charter government, we’ll pull this together over the next week or two, in order to independently contribute to the discussion.
As we dig into this story, you may monitor campaign finances and expenditures over at the Maryland Election Center. That was helpful for Someone Noticed during the primary election as we watched the money trail for candidates. Thus since billboards favoring Charter are placed in the county we thought we might find some information about funding sources for Friend of Charter of Cecil County. But according to the Maryland Election Center, the pro-charter, issues-oriented committee hasn’t raised any money or had any expenditures. We’ll keep an eye on that for updated reports too and ask around some about that, but in this information age readers are able to do that just as easily as any newspaper or media outlet.