4MORE4BALTIMORE COUNTY, also known as VOTE4MORE!, is a public petition effort–led by ordinary County residents, not incumbent Council members–to place a question on the 2024 General Election ballot in Baltimore County. This ballot question will give citizens an opportunity to vote to amend the County Charter by enlarging the size of the County Council from 7 to 11 districts, reducing district sizes from around 125,000 to 78,000.
By creating more districts, VOTE4MORE! will dramatically expand opportunities to diversify the Baltimore County Council, improving the accessibility and productivity of the council and opening doors for new, diverse, young and other candidates.
The following groups are part of this historic effort: the New Horizons Group, Baltimore County League of Women Voters, Baltimore County West Democratic Club, Randallstown NAACP, Allies for Democracy, Indivisible Towson, Greater Baltimore Muslim Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Turner Station, Baltimore County Young Democrats, Amigos Baltimore County, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club, Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club, Hunt Valley Indian Association, Hawthorne Civic Association, Northeast Towson Improvement Association and the Combined Communities Advisory Council of Greater Randallstown
Our movement is growing fast! Within hours of launching our campaign on March 3, 2022, Black Women for Positive Change, the Tenth Democratic Club, and the North Baltimore County Democratic Club pledged to support our effort. Would your group like to endorse? Contact us!
The current Baltimore County Charter was written in 1955 when the County’s population was 350,000 and each council member represented only 50,000 residents. Today our County’s population is 856,000 and each council member represents around 125,000 residents! And even though our population is now half non-white, six of seven of the county’s current districts are majority-white. In other words, our 67-year-old seven-district structure does not reflect the County’s growth nor our diversity! We need more districts because our minorities, women, and young adults deserve a voice in local government and a seat at the decision-making table.
Both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties have already amended their Charters to enlarge their council size by four. They will elect additional council members this November. It’s time for Baltimore County to do the same!
READ: Baltimore County coalition wants referendum adding four seats to growing county’s council, Baltimore Sun, March 3, 2022
Our strategy is to collect signatures at local events and leverage our partners to collect signatures from their networks. Our goal is to collect 10,000 signatures to put the VOTE4MORE! referendum on the November 2024 General Election ballot. WE NEED YOU to sign the VOTE4MORE! official petition and volunteer to collect signatures. If successful in securing passage of the referendum question on the 2024 General Election ballot, the new Charter amendment, which require 11 council districts, expand the size of boards and commissions, and require new rules around the redistricting process, will go into effect beginning with the 2026 Baltimore County Council election.