Political notes: Metropolis Council would like hearing on election issues, Raskin’s vegetarian choice, Segal’s following delusion
A Maryland ballot dropbox was positioned at the University of Maryland at Baltimore Community Engagement Center on West Baltimore Street for the June 2020 main election. Photograph by Hannah Gaskill.

The Baltimore City Council wants to fulfill with city and condition elections officers to probe troubles voters confronted in casting ballots in the course of the July 19 major election.

The council superior on Monday a resolution to invite the city’s elections director, Armstead Jones, as well as leadership at the State Board of Elections, to a conference to “detail the lead to of voting irregularities in the course of the 2022 main election, likely impacts these irregularities had on election outcomes, and remedies to make sure that such errors do not happen again.”

The bill was introduced by Councilmember Odette Ramos (D), with cosponsors Kristerfer Burnett (D), Zeke Cohen (D) and Phylicia Porter (D).

The resolution lists difficulties encountered by city voters in the months top up to Election Working day:

  • Getting the right mail-in ballot when they requested it, only to be told it was the incorrect ballot, and then the 2nd ballot remaining incorrect, triggering a 3rd ballot to be mailed
  • Acquiring new voter playing cards with incorrect details on them, causing voters to be perplexed as to which polling area they should attend
  • Being offered an incorrect ballot at the polls and then possessing to vote making use of a provisional ballot since the voter’s district was incorrect in the pollbooks
  • Obtaining no sample ballot or the incorrect sample ballot
  • Specific voters who received an incorrect mail-in ballot went to polling spots to vote, leading to the voter to have to vote by provisional ballot as the process indicated the voter experienced by now acquired a ballot and
  • Currently being turned away at a polling put due to glitches in the poll guides.

Very last 7 days, on Election Working day, some voting web sites ended up understaffed, while some metropolis voting final results had been delayed in reporting right after officers couldn’t originally locate 12 flash drives containing voting benefits from a dozen precincts.

“During this listening to, we will examine these concerns and any other individuals that people publish to us about.  We will attempt to comprehend why these mistakes transpired and how to steer clear of the glitches future time,” Ramos explained in a assertion asserting the invoice. “I recognize the State Board is not compelled to come just before us, but we will make the ask.”

Raskin and colleagues seek out menu updates

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and 31 of his Household colleagues wrote to President Biden Tuesday, urging him to make sure that all federal government amenities give at minimum one vegetarian entrée in their cafeterias and snack bars.

“More and a lot more Us residents are intrigued in vegetarian selections — especially young Us residents, who are trying to get out healthier alternatives that also cut down their carbon footprint,” Raskin and his colleagues wrote in their letter. “Although the Food stuff Support Tips for Federal Amenities recommends that federal services ‘offer protein food items from plants’ and defines an entrée as ‘meat’ or ‘meat alternate,’ vegetarian entrées are continue to not routinely furnished at federal facilities…To assistance ensure the federal authorities is primary by means of its possess food stuff practices, we urge you to make a vegetarian entrée offered all over the place the federal government is serving our people a food.”

Raskin, a vegetarian, reported the amenities that would be coated by these an buy include cafeterias in federal business structures and armed forces bases as very well as museums and national parks.

The letter arrives in progress of the White Residence Convention on Starvation, Nourishment and Well being, scheduled for September. Between the signatories: Raskin’s colleague U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-Md.).

Segal pivots to White Dwelling election

Fresh off his .65% showing in the Democratic primary for governor final 7 days, creator and former faculty lecturer Jerome Segal declared Monday that he strategies to request the Democratic nomination for president in 2024.

Segal, 78, is nothing if not a profile in persistence: He sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2018, designed the nationwide Bread and Roses Celebration and ran for president on that ticket in 2020, shut down the occasion previous year and ran for governor as a Democrat, and is now on the lookout once again to the White Home.

Segal explained he would continue on to advertise his “Bread and Roses” philosophy and set in a plug for his ebook, “Graceful Simplicity: The Philosophy and Politics of Uncomplicated Residing.”

“The Bread and Roses political motion will offer a voice for a extensive spectrum of folks that incorporate equally socialists and libertarians,” he mentioned. “I consider that there are elementary values that can unite all Us citizens.”

Segal has manufactured his assistance for Palestinian rights a centerpiece of all his campaigns and this time will be no unique. He said he was likely to put off saying his presidential marketing campaign right up until following this year’s midterm elections but felt compelled to announce earlier adhering to what he known as President Biden’s recent “embarrassing” visit to the Center East.

“My main operate above the final 40 several years has been devoted to conflict resolution, in specific concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and I feel we need to do the job in America to reverse the pattern toward a new civil war,” Segal reported. “So, I will operate against Joe Biden, and I will operate on two main difficulties: How to bring the simple living solution to all Americans [and] how to carry peace to the Center East.