Democracy

Testimony: Mail-In Voting Enhancement Act

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

We're calling on the General Assembly to learn from the lessons of the 2020 elections and implement policies to improve mail-in voting going forward including: improved ballot tracking, utilizing ballot drop boxes in the future, and a curing process for mail-in ballots.

Testimony: Election Law - Permanent Absentee Ballot List

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Maryland PIRG testified in support of legislation to create a permanent mail-in ballot voting list. Maryland voters can sign up and recieve a mail-in ballot in advance of every election without having to re-submit their mail-in ballot application in advance of every election. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act Passes Maryland House of Delegates

The Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act, sponsored by House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke, was passed by the House today with a bipartisan 104 - 23 vote.

Testimony: Fix and Fund the Gubernatorial Fair Elections Fund

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we testifed in support of a bill that updates and improves on our existing gubernatorial public campaign finance program and another that will expand the program to state Senate and state Delegate races.

Testimony: Election Law – Early Voting Centers – Hours of Operation

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Maryland PIRG supports SB 596, sponsored by Sen. Washington, to extend the operating hours of early voting centers. 

Testimony: Election Law – Early Voting Centers – Number Required

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Maryland PIRG supports legislation to increase the number of early voting sites in Maryland.

Testimony: Election Law - Time for Processing Absentee Ballots

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

We're calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass this legislation, sponsored by Del. Kaiser, allowing local Boards of Elections to prepare mail-in ballots for tabulation 14 days before Election Day. 

Like everything else in 2020, our electoral process had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure voters could safely participate in voting. Our democracy works best when we all participate, so we should do everything we can to ensure all eligible voters are able to participate, including improving our mail-in voting systems.

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