Early voting begins Thursday June 14th and continues through the 21st in advance of Primary Day, June 26. Don’t get ambushed by inconvenience in this extremely important election.

Wait, aren’t they all important? Sure, but the ones that seem most important are in your rear view mirror and they are the ones when you didn’t get around to voting – and the results were pretty horrible. Take 2014. Please.

So plan ahead to be SURE you vote this time. See below on getting you AND your neighbors to the polls.



Early voting begins Thursday June 14th and continues through the 21st in advance of Primary Day, June 26. Don’t get ambushed by inconvenience in this extremely important election.

Wait, aren’t they all important? Sure, but the ones that seem most important are in your rear view mirror and they are the ones when you didn’t get around to voting – and the results were pretty horrible. Take 2014. Please.

Plan ahead to make sure that doesn’t happen, because waiting till Primary Day, June 26, puts you at risk of not voting – again – because of all those things that just keep coming up.

That’s what Early Voting is for. MAKE A PLAN to vote early, so that if things don’t work out one day (say, the 15th) you will still have the 16th through 21st to remedy that. Talk to your neighbors to make sure ALL your voices are heard.

And when you vote, we have some suggestions.


The heat is ON and we're turning people out to the polls! Can you join us for a few hours? One person's vote can change an election! The coming week's events are below! RSVP to ensure materials for all attendees!

Gaithersburg 5-8 pm Tues June 12th

Montgomery County Phone Bank (Remote) 6-9 pm Weds June 13th

Montgomery County Phone Bank (Remote) 6-9 pm Thurs June 14th

For knocking doors, remember to bring a charged smart phone with the MiniVAN app from Apple / Android stores), something to drink, and comfortable walking shoes! Please bring a laptop or tablet for phone banking!

Q: What about if it's raining? A: We will still be canvassing if it lightly or moderately rains! However, we will stop canvassing if there is lightning or heavy rain. The decision to pause or stop canvassing is based on the canvass host's judgement! 

Want to join us at Early Voting Polling Locations to talk to voters coming in to vote? Send us an email!

Upcoming Canvasses! Stay tuned for more TBA!

Anne Arundel County:

Edgewater 10 am - 1 pm Sat. June 16th

Phone Bank & Pizza Party 6:30-8:30 pm Thurs. June 21st

City of Annapolis 10 am - 1 pm Sat. June 23rd


Frederick County: 

Mt. Airy 10 am - 2 pm Sat. June 16th

Urbana 10 am - 2 pm Sun. June 17th

Frederick City - Launch from Frederick Pride! 12-4 pm Sat. June 23rd

Golden Mile - Frederick City 10 am - 2 pm Sun. June 24th


Howard County: 

Ridgely's Run Community Center Early Voting Time TBD Sun. June 17th

Location/Time TBD - Sun. June 24th


Montgomery County:

White Oak Canvass 10 am - 1 pm Sat. June 16th

Phone Bank (Remote) 6-9 pm Thurs June 21st

White Oak Canvass 10 am - 1 pm Sat. June 23rd


Prince George's County: 

Upper Marlboro Canvass & Cookout! 11 am -5 pm Sat. June 16th

Seat Pleasant  10 am -2 pm Sat. June 23rd




PMD Montgomery

PMD Montgomery has been busy! This past week alone, we knocked on 289 doors, made 375 calls, and spoke to 75 voters in Montgomery County. We are small, but we are mighty. And we don't plan on stopping anything soon. 

Get involved in some upcoming canvasses and phone banks.

June 12th Canvass, Gaithersburg. RSVP

June 13th Canvass, Wheaton. RSVP

June 13th Phone Bank, anywhere! RSVP.

June 14th Phone Bank, anywhere! RSVP

June 16th Canvass, White Oak. RSVP.

June 21st Phone Bank, anywhere! RSVP.

June 23rd Canvass, White Oak. RSVP

We have fun too! Celebrate all our hard work with a happy hour and movie night.

  • June 20th Happy Hour, Silver Spring. RSVP
  • Incredibles 2 FREE Movie Night. Tickets required! Get your ticket. We will be voting after the movie!

Read all about it!

Wednesday, June 13 Our news conference and rally event launches a joint campaign of 20 community organizations (and growing) to pass Trust legislation in Montgomery County. It’s at 11 AM - 1 PM at Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Rd, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815. See all participating organizations at the Facebook Event Page.

Why? Shortly after Trump took office and launched a reign of terror on immigrants, Montgomery County issued a proclamation promising to welcome the immigrant community. But to date, that promise has not come with substantive reform. This campaign will advocate for county legislation that commits county agencies to limiting their cooperation with ICE.

Progressive Prince George's

Saturday, June 16th Upper Marlboro Canvass & Cookout! 11 am -5 pm.

Saturday June 23rd Canvass in Seat Pleasant  10 am -2 pm


Take Action Anne Arundel County


Anne Arundel County EPS Foam Ban! 

Help clean up our streams, creeks and rivers to ensure future generations have a safe source of food

Email or call your County Councilman, BY JUNE 18, to let them know you support the ban on styrofoam food packaging 

Sign the Trash Free Maryland petition here. 

Write a letter to the editor of the Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel Board of Education Candidate Forum

Anne Arundel is moving to an elected school board

Open seats in Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7

Attend the only candidate forum before the primary election on Tuesday June 12th, 5-8pm, at the Wiley Bates Legacy Center in Annapolis 

For more information, see Facebook Event

Election Events:

Ben Jealous is surging ahead in the polls. Let's keep the pressure on and talk to voters about supporting progressive candidates who share our values. There are three more opportunities to step up in Anne Arundel County in June. We need your help to mobilize voters to launch our own blue wave in Maryland during early voting and on primary day. RSVP for a canvass or phone bank in June.

We have strong progressive candidates endorsed by Progressive Maryland. Two of these candidates, Ben Jealous for Governor and Chrissy Holt for State Senate District 30, are in contested primary races. They need our help to get them into the General Election. Eve Hurwitz for State Senate District 33 and James Kitchin County Council District 7 are both running unopposed in the primary. Both are running to flip the current seat in their respective districts from red to blue. We need to build support for them to win the General Election in red leaning districts. All four of these candidates are great partners who share our progressive values and will help ensure our victory on issues we care about in 2019. 

Saturday June 16 at 10am -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Edgewater

This canvass will focus on PM endorsed candidates: Ben Jealous for Governor, Chrissy Holt for State Senate District 30, and James Kitchin for County Council District 7

Meet at Panera Bread on Solomons Island Road in Edgewater.

RSVP here

Thursday June 21 at 6:30pm -- Phone Bank & Pizza Party in Annapolis

This phonebank will be focused on Get Out the Vote for the primary on June 26

We will be working out of a private residence in Annapolis

Bring a laptop and cell phone. 

Pizza and soda provided.

RSVP here and you will be emailed the address for the phone banking party.

Saturday June 23 at 10am -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Annapolis

This canvass will focus on PM endorsed candidates: Ben Jealous for Governor and Chrissy Holt for State Senate. 

Meet at Ceremony Coffee Roasters at 90 Russell Ave. in Annapolis

RSVP here

Frederick County Progressives

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM ·

Mount Airy Branch Library in Mt. Airy, MD

June 16th Mt Airy Canvass - Frederick



Talbot Rising

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Talbot Rising Juneteenth Tabling

Take a shift at the Talbot Rising table at Juneteenth, June 16 from 10:00 to 3:00 pm and campaign for Pullen and Jealous. There will by many other opportunities.



Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM

University Orchard Study in Salisbury, MD

June 16th LSPC Phone Bank

Phone Bank with the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus for Ben Jealous for Governor, Michael Pullen for Congressional District 1, Kirkland Hall for State Delegate in District 38A!

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Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

To keep up with progressive events in and around DC consult the invaluable calendar at the Washington Peace Center, http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/alerts

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June 06, 2018 Supporting Eve Hurwitz for MD Senate in Dist 33

I am supporting Eve Hurwitz for State Senate, Dist. 33 because it has been a long time since residents of District 33 have had even a liberal option to represent them in the Maryland Senate, so they are fortunate to have a true progressive like Eve on the ballot in 2018. I am particularly inspired by Eve’s drive to advocate for women’s issues and her ability to effectively channel that activism to fight for broader issues of social justice.


June 05, 2018 Introducing the Blue Wicomico Team

“Together, our goal is to reform the Democratic Party of Wicomico County by increasing our community involvement and ensuring politicians represent their constituents accordingly.”


June 04, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for June 4-11 2018

It’s June. As in the month that includes the Maryland primary, Tuesday, June 26. You can vote on Election Day, and it’s kind of satisfying to vote along with all those other folks.

[If you are not registered to vote, you must register by TOMORROW, June 5, or register on the spot at Early Voting. See more below.]

But how sure are you that you will have the time to vote on Election Day? Weird stuff can intervene, and many folks who count on voting wind up getting shut out by work duties, sick kids, all kinds of things that can pop up. Waiting till June 26 can be a bit of a gamble. We have some advice -- about EARLY VOTING.

>>REMEMBER – these blog posts are expressions of political opinion from our wide-ranging membership and circle of allies. They are not expressions of opinion by Progressive Maryland. Don’t be surprised if they sometimes vary in their political content. You might even disagree with them – a good reason to contribute a blog of your own. Send it to the moderator, Woody Woodruff, at [email protected].

>>Keeping up with the blogs is easier with the index. The blogs published in the PM BlogSpace from June 2015 through December 2016 are all available with descriptions and links here. You can follow blogs for 2017-18 starting from here




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