Democracy

Our comments to the Maryland State Board of Elections

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

We submitted the following comments to the State Board of Elections in advance of their meeting on April 2, 2020.

Wins, losses, and 'almost did its' for 2020

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

The Maryland General Assembly wrapped up the 2020 legislative session last week, weeks earlier than expected. While the public health crisis meant some of our legislative priorities didn’t make it through this year, we still have a lot to celebrate.

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GROUPS RECOMMEND CHANGES IN ELECTIONS PROCEDURES

Common Cause Maryland, the League of Women Voters of Maryland, Maryland PIRG and ACLU of Maryland today urged Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Board of Elections to implement changes before the delayed 2020 Presidential Primary and the 7th Congressional District special election.

Legislating responsibly during COVID-19

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Common Cause Maryland and Maryland PIRG sent a letter to Senate President Miller and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones Governor regarding operations during the coronavirus outbreak. The letter asks that they that ensure that the legislature's operations be as transparent as possible and that they maintain the public's ability to both observe and participate in our democratic process.

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Baltimore City Council Considers bill to Fully Fund Fair Elections Program

Baltimore – Councilman Kristerfer Burnett introduced an ordinance today to dedicate $2.5 million annually to the Baltimore City Fair Elections Fund. The funding comes from an existing revenue source and is expected to sufficiently fund the program. The bill is co-sponsored by Council President Scott and Councilmembers Bullock, Clarke, Cohen, Dorsey, Henry, and Sneed.

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Senate Committee Fails to Pass Student Voter Empowerment Act

Annapolis-- The Student Voter Empowerment Act, sponsored by Sen. Lam and House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke, failed to get enough votes to move out of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday, February 28th. When brought to a vote, the Committee voted 5-5, one vote short of moving the bill to the full Senate for consideration.

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Testimony: Voting by Mail - Study

By | Rishi Shah
Associate

We support SB408/HB426 to study the requirements necessary to implement a vote by mail system in Maryland. Throughout the nation, vote by mail has increased voter turnout and reduced costs. A study on vote by mail can determine how Maryland can achieve these benefits, apply best practices from other states while ensuring we adapt the policy to meet the unique challenges and needs of the Maryland voting population.

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Who’s Funding Elections for Governor in Maryland?

Baltimore - A report released today by Maryland PIRG Foundation finds that the people and entities that donate to Maryland’s Gubernatorial campaigns are not reflective of Marylanders who are eligible to vote in these elections. The report finds that the money raised comes primarily from out of state or non individuals who contribute disproportionately large sums of money.

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