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    LWVMD Focused on Protecting the Vote

    Election bills have always been of keen interest to the League. We were established in 1920 to help newly enfranchised women use their ballots effectively, and we have a long tradition of supporting laws that remove barriers to voting.

    Dozens of election-related bills have already been pre-filed, and we anticipate more to come. Some of the topics that were addressed in bills considered during the 2020 session of the General Assembly have been reintroduced, including:

    • Voting by mail
    • Increasing access to voting for students and other under-served groups
    • Facilitating voter registration for people newly released from prison and those in custody pending trial or for misdemeanor convictions who are still eligible to vote
    • Special elections to fill vacancies in the General Assembly
    • Nonpartisan elections for Circuit Court judges
    • Employers’ obligations to give time off for voting
    • Restricting who may return an absentee ballot on a voter’s behalf

    None of these bills passed last year, in part due to the abbreviated session. For certain bills, concerns were raised that may be addressed in the revised versions submitted this year.

    In general, the League will be supporting bills that make voting easier and more accessible and opposing bills that would impose constraints on voters. Increasing voter participation is not sufficient, however — it is also essential to maintain the operational safeguards protecting the integrity and security of elections and the privacy of voters. Another consideration is the fiscal impact of implementing a particular bill, which can be a hurdle to passage by the General Assembly. Along with submitting formal testimony, the League can provide useful information to legislators as they draft or evaluate bills.

    We will provide more detailed information on selected bills through blog postings as well as through action alerts. Information on all bills is available directly from the General Assembly website at https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/ 

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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 09:30 AM · $5.00 USD
    Virtual

    Winter Workshop 2021


    Winter Workshop 2021 Discussion Topics

     

    Initiative Study Consensus Briefing 

    Should Marylander voters be able to put legislation and/or Constitutional amendments on the ballot through a petition process?  

    An in depth look at this, the topic of our second consensus study this year. A briefing for local League presentations.

     

    Five Legislative Reforms for Police Accountability 

    LWVMD has joined the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability along with 100 organizations calling for five changes to Maryland Law that would dramatically impact fairness in policing:

    1. Allow investigations into all police misconduct to be disclosed under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA).

    2. Create statutory limits on the use of force by law enforcement.

    3. Repeal the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBR).

    4. Give the people of Baltimore City the ability to govern the Baltimore City Police Department.

     5. Take law enforcement out of schools.

    We will present short videos to explain each of these reforms and a panel discussion with questions will follow.  

    Panelists include:

    Senator Jill Carter, Baltimore City Delegate Erik Barron, Prince George’s County Yanet Amanuel, Public Policy Advocate, ACLU of Maryland


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