Rally to Unlock the Vote

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Override the veto and let 40,000 Marylanders vote next year!

On August 2, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, the landmark law that dramatically expanded and protected the voting rights of African Americans at the federal, state, and local level. 50 years later, nearly 40,000 Marylanders – the great majority of whom are African American – continue to be barred from voting due to past criminal records. Baltimore residents are the majority of those disenfranchised.

Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed legislation to reinstate the vote to all former prisoners living in our communities but denied the right to vote because they are on probation or parole. This historic victory for voting rights passed by an overwhelming margin in the legislature, but Governor Larry Hogan vetoed this legislation (SB340/HB980) on May 22.

Sponsors:

Communities United
ACLU of Maryland
Maryland State Conference NAACP
Common Cause Maryland
Maryland Working Families
Common Cause
The Lazarus Rite
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
The Lazarus Rite
SEIU 32BJ Union
Workers East
Out for Justice
MD League of Women Voters

 

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