Democracy

Testimony: Declaration of Rights – Campaign Financing Right to Know

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Today, we testified in support of SB 895 to enshrine rights into the Maryland constitution for transparency for political spending and for publicly financed elections.

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. 

Testimony: Voters' Rights Protection Act of 2022

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Today, we testified on HB 538 to extend the number of days that early voting centers are open to the public. Our written testimony can be found here. 

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.

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.

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. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Fair Elections Fund Resolution Introduced in Anne Arundel County

Progressive Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, Maryland PIRG and other organizations part of the Fair Elections Maryland Coalition are excited to witness the first step toward a long-awaited Small Donor Funded Elections Program (also called a Fair Elections Fund) for County Executive and County Council candidates.

News Release | Maryland PIRG and Common Cause Maryland | Democracy

Baltimore County Council passes Fair Election Fund in bipartisan vote, including spending limits and increased qualifying thresholds

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore County Council has voted 6-1 to create a Fair Election Fund, allowing candidates for office in Baltimore County to run for office using a small donor public campaign financing program.

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