Updates

Today, we testified on HB 702 to require election judges to be trained on what methods judges can use to assist elderly voters and voters with disabilities and also require a sign outlining these methods to be placed at polling sites. You can read our written testimony here. 

Today, we testified on legislation to expand local public campaign financing programs to include additional offices. 

News Release | Fair Elections Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Fair Elections Maryland Applauds Howard County Council for fixing their local public financing program

Yesterday, the Howard County Council voted 5-0 in support of emergency legislation that clarifies qualifying deadlines so matching funds can be distributed to qualifying candidates participating in the Citizens’ Election Fund program.

News Release | Fair Elections Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Fair Elections Maryland coalition disappointed as Anne Arundel County Council falls short on approving charter amendment on public financing

Yesterday, the Anne Arundel County Council voted 4-3, failing to reach the 5 vote supermajority needed to pass Resolution #1-22, an amendment to the County Charter to create a local public campaign financing program, which would have been put on the ballot for public vote in the November 2022 election.

Right to Repair in Maryland

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

This blog outlines what the Right to Repair is, how it benefits Marylanders, and what you can do to support this critical idea. 

Testimony: Protecting Maryland Families and Firefighters from "forever chemicals"

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we are testifying in support of SB273, the George "Walter" Taylor Act to protect Maryland families and firefightetrs from toxic "forever chemicals."

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection

Repair restrictions come home to roost: Report shows farmers want to fix their own tractors

Sen. Jon Tester (Montana) introduced the Agricultural Right to Repair Act in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, providing the latest opportunity for farmers to win their Right to Repair.

Testimony: Election Law – Ballots – Processing and Reporting Procedures

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Today, we testified in support of SB 163 to improve the administration of our elections systems, and support the sponsor amendments being put forth.

We sent a letter to the MD State Board of Elections about student voting

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Today, we sent a letter to the Maryland State Board of Elections supporting proposed regulations that would allow students to use their dorm contract as proof of residence when registering to vote in the state. You can find the full text of the letter here. 

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