An excellent pod cast about the reality of voter suppression from the ACLU and how YOU can improve voting rights in Maryland

Here is an excerpt from the ACLU podcast with Emerson Sykes, ACLU Staff Attorney interview Dr. Carol Anderson of Emory University:

CAROL:  …That’s the so-called rampant, massive voter fraud — about two cases per year — that is used as the justification for voter I.D.

[10:06] States like North Carolina went through and got data in terms of who had what kind of I.D. And they got that data by race, and then they made the kinds of I.D.s that African-Americans held the least in order to vote. Or you look like, at a state like Alabama. What Alabama did was to say you’ve got to have government issued photo I.D. in order to vote.

Listen to  podcast  here.

Let’s do something about Voter rights in Maryland!

We need your support of SB936!  As a reminder, this bill would improve ballot access for two groups of incarcerated Marylanders: 1) those in pretrial detention (who haven’t been convicted of anything) and 2) those serving time for misdemeanor convictions. These Marylanders have the right to vote, but they face barriers when it comes to actually voting. Because they are incarcerated, they cannot vote in person, but most detention facilities do nothing to help them apply for, acquire, complete, or mail in absentee ballots. In addition, many currently and formerly incarcerated people are under the mistaken impression that they are ineligible to vote. HB252/SB936 would address these problems by requiring the Board of Elections to 1) inform eligible incarcerated people of upcoming elections, 2) help eligible incarcerated people register to vote, and 3) help eligible incarcerated people vote via absentee ballot. 
The Senate hearing on this bill is scheduled for Thursday. If you have a Senator on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, please call or email and tell them you support SB936 because it would help incarcerated people exercise their right to vote, which currently exists only on paper. Here is a list of Senators on that committee.
You can look up the names of your Senator here. From there, you can click on the names elected officials to find their phone numbers and email addresses.
 
Thanks for taking action to support the voting rights of Marylanders who are too often ignored and disenfranchised!

 

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