Voting Rights and Elections

 

The right to vote, and to have one's vote accurately and fairly counted, is a fundamental right of all American citizens. The ACLU of Maryland encourages electoral practices that strengthen minority voting, takes account of voting technology that can undermine accurate and accountable vote counting, makes sure that all voters have adequate opportunities for voter registration, engages non-English speakers, and protects the voting rights of those with criminal convictions. The democratic process must be invigorated through policies that encourage voter participation and avoid policies that impede citizens from exercising this hard-won right.


 

Recent Activity

Legislature Approves Bill to Restore Voting Rights to 40,000 Marylanders

News article, April 13, 2015

Broad Coalition Calls on Governor Hogan to Sign Legislation

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ACLU takes action for political free speech in Hancock, MD

News article, July 3, 2014

New charter amendment sets unconstitutional durational limits for campaign signs

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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Coalition Condemns Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v Holder

News article, June 25, 2013

"Serious blow to a pillar of our democracy"

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ACLU Urges DOJ to Reopen Wicomico Voting Rights Challenge

News article, May 9, 2013

Wicomico leaders speak out for reform

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ACLU Heralds Signing of Bills Expanding Rights

News article, May 2, 2013

Legislation on Death Penalty Repeal, Drivers Licenses, and Same-Day Voter Registration

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ACLU Lauds House Passage of Bill Improving Access to Voting

News article, March 22, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland today lauded the Maryland State House for voting to approve House Bill 224, which would improve access to voting

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ACLU Testifies in Support of Same-Day Registration, Early Voting Expansion

News article, February 21, 2013

Legislation would improve access to voting

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Board of Public Works Approves Attorneys' Fees for Important Civil Rights Case

News article, January 23, 2013

Fee Amount Compounded by State's Prior Refusals to Pay

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ACLU of Maryland Extends Voter Hotline Hours for Early Voting: 1-888-496-ACLU

News article, October 31, 2012

20,000 Maryland Voter Empowerment Cards Distributed to Groups Across the State

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ACLU Distributing 20,000 Maryland Voter Empowerment Cards to Groups Across the State

News article, October 9, 2012

Voters can report problems on Election Day by calling hotline: 1-888-496-ACLU

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Redistricting: Ensuring Election Fairness

Legal case, April 10, 2012

ACLU is dedicated to realizing the promise of the Voting Rights Act for all Marylanders

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief

News article, December 21, 2011

Counters Misinformation About Maryland’s "No Representation Without Population" Redistricting Law

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Amicus brief in support of "No Representation Without Population Act"

Legal case, December 2, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland and a coalition of local and national civil rights groups file an amicus brief to defend the "No Representation Without Population Act," Maryland’s first-in-the-nation voting rights law requiring the state to count incarcerated persons at their home addresses.

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Civil Rights Groups Take Stand for Maryland’s “Prisoners of the Census” Redistricting Law

News article, November 18, 2011

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ACLU Calls on Eastern Shore Town to Rescind Unconstitutional Candidate Law, Re-Run Illegal Election

News article, October 12, 2011

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Mardela Springs' property ownership requirement for local office

Legal case, October 11, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland demanded that officials in the small town of Mardela Springs immediately rescind an unconstitutional property ownership requirement for candidates for local office.

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Federal Appeals Court Orders Attorneys’ Fees For Important Civil Rights Case

News article, August 30, 2011

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ACLU Calls Proposed Hurlock Voter ID Law Unconstitutional, Discriminatory

News article, August 17, 2011

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Unconstitutional Hurlock voter ID proposal

Legal case, August 17, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland and the Dorchester County NAACP oppose proposed voter identification law in the town of Hurlock.

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ACLU Raises Concerns About the Legality, Vulnerability to Fraud of Maryland Online Petition System

News article, June 10, 2011

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ACLU, NAACP Celebrate Passage of “Prisoners of the Census” Redistricting Legislation

News article, April 13, 2010

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