Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Leopold: June primary a self-serving move by Democrats [Letter]

Elections

One of the most cynical and self-serving actions taken by the General Assembly was moving the primary election from September to June

Rather than try to stimulate greater voter turnout and public participation in the political process, the June date seeks to depress it. More families are on vacation in June, and interest in voting is expected to be tepid.

Maryland had to move its primary date earlier to comply with federal requirements designed to provide enough time to get general election absentee ballots to military personnel serving overseas, but the General Assembly could have moved the date back a matter of weeks rather than months. And there is no good reason for its decision to make the filing deadline four months before the primary rather than the customary two.

One evident purpose of the early primary is to allow for a longer time period for the Democratic Party to heal its wounds and unite behind the gubernatorial nominee after a divisive primary. As with legislative redistricting, the goal is to serve the political interests of the dominant political party rather than the general public interest.

When the General Assembly convenes in January, it should move the primary back to September.

John R. Leopold, Pasadena

The writer, a Republican, is the former Anne Arundel County executive.

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
Elections
  • Maryland primary moved to meet federal law [Letter]
    Maryland primary moved to meet federal law [Letter]

    In response to former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold's letter ("Leopold: June primary a self-serving move by Democrats," May 2), I am sure Mr. Leopold remembers from his days as a legislator that one of the most important responsibilities of a lawmaker is to ensure...

  • Dirty tricks show how Brown would govern if elected
    Dirty tricks show how Brown would govern if elected

    In re-reading your less-than-enthusiastic endorsement of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, I was shocked by your claim that "Mr. Brown is well versed in all aspects of state government," coming as it did after an earlier passage in which you pointed out "the strikingly...

  • Like it in Maryland? Vote for Democrats
    Like it in Maryland? Vote for Democrats

    Look past Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan and ask yourself: Do you want your state to be governed by the Democrats or the Republicans?

  • Do dishonesty and mendacity qualify Brown for the governor's office?
    Do dishonesty and mendacity qualify Brown for the governor's office?

    Huh? The Sun admits Anthony Brown's "strikingly dishonest campaign" and unrepentant "mendacity," yet the paper still endorsed him ("Brown for governor," Oct. 25).

  • Brown endorsement inexcusable
    Brown endorsement inexcusable

    I would love to believe that The Baltimore Sun "struggled" in arriving at its tepid endorsement of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, but history would indicate otherwise ("Brown for governor," Oct. 25). No matter how weak the candidate or how disastrous the record (the...

  • Following Mizeur's lead
    Following Mizeur's lead

    Del. Heather Mizeur deserves thanks for an articulate commentary ("Mizeur: Don't write me in for governor," Oct. 28). I now know how to vote next week.

  • Sun only backs Democrats
    Sun only backs Democrats

    The Baltimore Sun has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to be Maryland's next governor ("Brown for governor,Big surprise that a liberal newspaper would back the Democrat running for governor. Despite trying to appear to be "fair and balanced," the paper knows where its bread...

  • Brown for governor
    Brown for governor

    Sun endorsement: The race presented a difficult choice, but we believe the lieutenant governor would be better able to enact the changes needed to maintain Md.'s prosperity

Comments
Loading