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MD Senate and House Pass Strong Voter Registrations Reforms Senate passes Automatic Voter Registration and House passes Election Day Registration
March 16, 2018 - Today, the Maryland State Senate passed SB1048, the Secure and Accessible Registration Act, a form of Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) with a vote of 32-12. It now moves on to the House.
“In conjunction, these bills work to streamline our voter registration process, so more Marylanders can exercise their right to vote,” explained Senator Will Smith, the lead sponsor of SB1048 and a cosponsor of Election Day Registration.
Last week the House passed HB532, Election Day Registration, with a vote of 91-47. In order to establish Election Day Registration, the General Assembly needs to amend the Maryland constitution. Once passed by the Senate, it will be up to voters to authorize the amendment at the ballot in November.
Tame the Gerrymander is rallying in support of the fight against partisan gerrymandering in the 6th Congressional district of Maryland (Benisek v. Lamone) AND BEYOND!
We will be joined by special guests affected by gerrymandering in MD - THE DISTRICTS THEMSELVES! They will share with you their troubles in ensuring all of their district residents have an equal say in government, and let you know what you can do to help fix this problem!
We'll also be hearing from Michael Kimberly, the attorney on the Benisek v. Lamone case, and other key actors in the fight for redistricting reform in Maryland.
Walter Olson, Co-Chair of the MD Redistricting Reform Commission, and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute will share some thoughts on the current case, and the situation in our state.
Brian Canon, Executive Director of OneVA 2021 will also be there to talk about how the fight for reform in Virginia is going, and the push to ensure fair maps in 2021.
Araliya Rubin (age-9), co-author of "The United Shapes of America" coloring book that demonstrates the wackiness of gerrymandered districts will join us and share why redistricting reform matters to kids! http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Chevy-Chase-Fourth-Grader-Issues-Challenge-To-Color-Inside-Congressional-District-Lines/
Even if you can't make it to DC, you can support us where you are by going live on Facebook on the day of the event, or just sharing posts and tweets with us all day on March 28th with the #FairMaps &/OR tagging @TametheGerrymander (FB) OR @TameGerrymander (Twitter).
Travel Options Doc (Metro, Bus, Parking): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OvZXllJ-RLiyzS6kes9c88z2goyt9qBq/view
Carpool Links by County
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Anne Arundel - https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/tu2x9v
No need to RSVP for this FREE event, just come on down and join us at the U.S. Supreme Court!
JOIN US FOR A DAY ON CAPITOL HILL
Visit both US Senate and Representative Offices
Enjoy Lunch at the staff dining facility
take part in advocating an LWVUS topic*
* Participants will be briefed by email about the LWVUS topic for advocacy and participate voluntarily
THIS EVENT HAS NO FEE! BUT YOU MUST RSVP TO Carole & Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet at Taxi/ Massachusetts Ave exit of Union Station, Washington DC at 10 am
Arrive at Union Station by Amtrak, MARC, Metro, Bus or Auto (Public transportation is recommended due to limited parking)