LWV of Maryland Provides Online Voter Education Tool VOTE411

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ANNAPOLIS – Ahead of primaries and the special election in Congressional District 7, the League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) offers the nonpartisan online election resource VOTE411.org. This “one-stop shop” for election information provides simple, easy tools to help Maryland voters navigate the voting process. VOTE411 provides candidate information, a voter registration tool, polling place information, and other helpful election information which voters can access from home during this time of social distancing.

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Voting Rights Groups Recommend Changes in Elections Procedures

"Concerned about the safety of poll workers, voters, and the public at large."


The League of Women Voters of Maryland, Common Cause 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.

The groups' recommendations included establishment of a Voting Rights Task Force, automatic absentee voting, extension of deadlines, and expanded public outreach. The full letter is below: 

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League of Women Voters of Maryland Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Annapolis – In 2020 the League of Women Voters (LWV) celebrates its 100th anniversary and Maryland joins more than 700 other local and state chapters to celebrate this historic milestone. On March 4, 2020 the LWV of Maryland will be honored in both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly with a proclamation celebrating the tireless advocacy of its members, and commitment to nonpartisan voter education. 

As we look to a vibrant future on the threshold of our next 100 years, the League is excited that dedicated members across Maryland continue to steadily attract significant numbers of activists who share the League’s commitment to Making Democracy Work.

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LWV of Maryland Asks for Fair Maps for Organization’s 100th Birthday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 14, 2020 

Contact: Ashley Oleson - 410-269-0232 - aoleson@lwvmd.org

 

Annapolis – The League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) turns 100 years old on February 14, 2020, and to celebrate, LWVMD members launched a #FairMapsValentine Campaign online and by delivering a Fair Maps Valentine to every member of the Maryland General Assembly.

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Constitution Day 2019

Check out the YouTube recording of the 2019 proceedings entitled The Constitution and a Changing Climate!  The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law had their Media Services shoot the video of our program in the law school's Ceremonial Court Room.

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Announcing LWVMD’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

The LWVMD Board of Directors at the October meeting set the legislative priorities to be pursued during the upcoming 2020 General Assembly. The priorities were set after reviewing the current year priorities and receiving input from local Leagues. 2020's Legislative Priorities are:

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Supreme Court Places Responsibility on the States to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering

Press Release – June 27, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In a ruling today the Supreme Court of the United States put the power to fix gerrymandering in the hands of the states, and the League of Women Voters of Maryland will be leading the charge to ensure Maryland enacts a redistricting process that will lead to fair maps in the 2021 redistricting cycle. In a 5-4 decision, in Benisek v. Lamone out of Maryland’s 6th Congressional district, alongside two consolidated cases out of North Carolina, Rucho v. League of Women Voters and Rucho v. Common Cause, the Court ruled that partisan gerrymandering is not justiciable by the courts.

“As a resident of Maryland’s 6th district, it is a disappointment that the court has opted not to re-enfranchise voters here, but as a leader in the state I will work tirelessly to ensure our state legislators put an end to this undemocratic practice in 2020,” co-president of the state League, Richard Willson declared.

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Reflections on the Rally to End Gerrymandering

 

On March 26th, 2019 the League of Women Voters and Common Cause hosted a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court. All around you could see countless national and local League members, all proudly wielding #FAIRMAPS signs, and all eager to have their voices heard. The energy levels were high and our voices rang loud with one clear message: Let’s end gerrymandering. 
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2019 Legislative Review

In 2019 LWVMD volunteer advocates submitted testimony on nearly 100 bills and their hard work and your support has helped Maryland to achieve some very important goals and avoid some dangerous pitfalls. LWVMD’s is grateful to be able to work together with strong coalition groups and partners on many issues in pursuing progress for Marylanders. Read about our legislative wins for 2019 below and learn about the battles LWVMD will continue to fight in 2020.

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LWVMD Joins Civil Society Amicus Brief for SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case

Press Release - March 8, 2019

ANNAPOLIS - Today the League of Women Voters of Maryland joined as amici on a brief filed with the United States Supreme Court challenging the practice of drawing district lines to favor a political party as unconstitutional and stressing the importance of representative districts as a measure of a healthy democracy.

“For far too long we have seen politicians of both parties draw election maps that protect themselves rather than reflect the interests of the voters,” said Elaine Apter, Co-President of LWVMD. “We are encouraged that later this month the Supreme Court will review the impact partisan gerrymandering has on the voters in Maryland, who have been drawn into districts that limit their voice. It is time to end this practice and create fair maps that put the power back in the hands of the American voters.”

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