Certain lawmakers - both in the federal government and in Maryland - are continually trying to restrict access to voting. The laws make it more difficult for groups of people to vote - people already marginalized by years of restrictive voting laws, many of whom vote Democratic.
I have fought against voter ID laws, and helped pass reforms that make it easier for all voters to access the polls, including early voting, same day registration and re-enfranchising returning citizens.
Passed three bills addressing different ways to make it easier for eligible voters to vote:
* HB 1048 creates a permanent absentee ballot list so voters who want to vote by mail in each election can register once rather than for each election.
* HB1047 codifies the procedure of drop-boxes we used in the 2020 election, provides for the security of the boxes while they are in use, and creates a chain of custody for the ballots to ensure integrity of the process.
* HB 222 requires the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to facilitate voting by eligible voters who are incarcerated.