voting rights

March 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Judge Garland Confirmed as Nation’s 86th Attorney General

Judge Merrick Garland of Bethesda was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday to be the next U.S. Attorney General. He only needed 50 votes but received strong bipartisan support, earning 70 total votes (20 from Republicans) in the 100-member U.S. Senate. The 70 to 30 vote came five years after former Pres. Barack Obama nominated […]

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January 31, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Maryland Civil Rights Bus Tour Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the annual Maryland Civil Rights Education Freedom Experience bus tour. The tour is hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The tour is available […]

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October 31, 2016 | Phyllis Armstrong

Future County Voters Prepare for Citizenship in Free Classes

Gaining the right to vote in America is one of the reasons some 500 permanent U.S. residents sign up for the Citizenship Preparation Program at Montgomery College. The free classes offered evenings and on Saturday morning help students learn the information they need to know for citizenship interviews. The questions about American history, civics and other […]

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March 31, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Bill That Expands Student Voting Rights on Montgomery County School Board Passes State Legislature

A bill that would give the student member of the Montgomery County school board expanded voting rights passed through the Maryland Legislature Wednesday night. The legislation passed the Senate by a 39-to-4 margin. Under the legislation, the student member of the Board would be allowed to cast votes on significant issues including, capital and operating […]

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February 9, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

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Maryland State Senate Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto on Felon Voting Rights (VIDEO)

The Maryland State Senate overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto on reinstating voting rights to released felons, on Tuesday. The law, which will go into effect in March, will allow nearly 40,000 Maryland felons, who are on probation or parole, the right to vote. The law was passed in a narrow partisan, 29-18 vote. Hogan vetoed the […]

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October 13, 2015 | Maureen Chowdhury

Council Calls News Conference Ahead of Early Voting Sites Decision (VIDEO)

Council Members Tom Hucker and Roger Berliner hosted a joint news conference with  faith and community leaders announcing a 2,500 signature petition opposing moving early voting sites; 50 hours before sites are finalized. Watch the video for more:

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October 13, 2015 | Maureen Chowdhury

Council Members Reveal Petition Opposing New Early Voting Sites

Montgomery County Council Members Tom Hucker and Roger Berliner revealed a 2,500 signature petition against moving early voting sites at a jointly held press conference today. Both Hucker and Berliner were joined by fellow council members, community, and faith leaders. The petition urges the State Board of Elections to reject the County Board of Election’s […]

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April 14, 2015 | Krista Brick

Bill to Allow Student Member of School Board Full Voting Rights Dies in General Assembly

Like Cinderella at the ball, time ran out for the Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education last night. At the stroke of midnight the General Assembly closed up shop for another year and with it went the Montgomery County Delegation bill to allow the student representative on the county’s board of education […]

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February 18, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Boyds School Serves as Backdrop for Panel on Voting Rights (Video)

The Boyds School in Montgomery County served as the backdrop for an event that brought political leaders and experts together to discuss the history and future of voting rights in America in honor of Black History Month. The one room building was the only school for African-American children in the area from 1895 to 1936. During […]

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February 17, 2014 | Staff Writer

Voting Rights Discussion at Boyds School (PHOTOS)

At a time when voting rights are once again being discussed at the national level as Congress responds to the Supreme Court’s request that the Voting Rights Act be updated this year, Congressman John Delaney (D-MD 6th District) hosted an event that coincided with Black History Month to get communities talking about what needs to […]

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