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Student Voter Empowerment Act

By | Rishi Shah
Associate

Many Marylanders, especially young Marylanders, are not participating in elections. In the 2016 presidential election, turnout in Maryland as a percentage of the voting population was at its lowest in 24 years. In 2018, turnout of voters under 29 was at 31% compared to 47.5% of all eligible voters who turned out.[1][2] While this was an increase of 10% in youth voter participation since the last midterm election, we need to do better.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Baltimore Fair Elections Program Moves to Full Council Vote

This evening, the Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to move Council Bill 19-0403 to establish the Baltimore City Fair Elections program.

In Maryland's Montgomery County, if you wanted to run a campaign for public office funded by small donations from average people, you'd now have a fighting chance against the big-money candidates.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Democracy

Fair Elections in Montgomery County

This report analyzes the fundraising data from the 2018 county elections, the first election in Maryland to use a small donor matching system. Overall, the small donor matching system was largely successful in achieving its stated goals

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Democracy

MONTGOMERY CO. PUBLIC ELECTION FUND SUCCESSFULLY ENCOURAGES AND EMPOWERS SMALL DONORS

A report released today by Maryland PIRG Foundation finds that the Montgomery County Public Election Fund is working as intended, and is encouraging more small donor participation.

They cling to Baltimore's trees, litter the city's streets and end up polluting the Chesapeake Bay. And they may soon be a thing of the past.

Ban the Bag Baltimore

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony to support a Baltimore City ban on single use plastic bags.

Equifax has agreed to pay $650 million two years after its data breach put 147 million people at risk. It's not enough.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Tips, Consumer Protection

Largest bank hack ever, of Capital One, exposes 100 million to identity theft

Everyone should assume that their social security number has been exposed between this breach and breaches of other major companies’ databases, such as Equifax’s. With that in mind, U.S. PIRG recommends all Americans should use their right by law to freeze their credit reports for free

A plan to expand two of Maryland's busiest roadways won't improve traffic or the quality of our air—but it just got the green light from a key public works panel anyway.

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