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‘Rigged’ or Not, Election Positions Trump to Shape Rules on How You Vote
12/02/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said Pamela S. Karlan, a Stanford University law professor, who was a deputy assistant attorney general under President Obama until 2015. ...

Several potentially decisive federal court rulings on voting rules and redistricting, most favoring voting-rights advocates, now appear bound for a Supreme Court whose ideological balance is in Mr. Trump’s hands. Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a linchpin of some of those cases, will fall to a Justice Department whose likely attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.

One Trump adviser, Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is among the most aggressive national crusaders for voting restrictions.

Michigan legislature debating voter ID bill
12/02/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 16:45
Excerpt: 

Adding the new requirements would make Michigan’s voter identification rules among the strictest in the nation. Michigan would join Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia as the only states that require voters to both sign an affidavit at the polls and then take the second step of proving their identity later.

Thirty-four states, including Michigan, request or require voters to show identification at the polls, though several states are engaged in lawsuits with civil rights groups and the federal government challenging their rules. ...

Michigan legislators have until December 15 to pass final bills before adjourning for the year.

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Maryland Election Info

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18

http://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/index.html

Election Day:

On Election Day, polling places are open continuously from 7 a.m. EST until 8 p. m. EST. Anyone in line at 8 p. m. EST will be allowed to vote.

Days of Early Voting:

Early voting starts Thursday, October 27, 2016 through Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 8 am until 8 pm. Anyone in line at 8 p. m. EST will be allowed to vote.

http://elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html

How to Find Your Polling Place:

To locate your polling place, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Polling Place Lookup webpage, or call your local Board of Elections.

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Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines:

You must register at least 21 days before an election. However, an eligible citizen can still register to vote, and vote in-person in one transaction, at an early voting site during the early voting period.

  • Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 5
  • General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18

How to Check if You Are Registered

  • Visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Voter Lookup webpage, or

Registration Eligibility

In order to be eligible to register or vote in Maryland, an individual must be:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Maryland resident; and
  • At least 16 years old.  You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.

 You cannot have been:

  • Convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote; or

Convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment.

Effective March 10, 2016, if you have been convicted of a felony, you are eligible to register to vote once you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment. For the purposes of eligibility to register to vote, convictions include federal, state and out-of-state convictions. Note that this does not apply if you have been convicting of buying or selling votes.

How to Register:

Online

You can use Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) to register to vote.  You must provide a valid Maryland-issued state ID number or driver's license number.  If you reside outside of the United States or are a member of the military or spouse or dependent of a member of the military, you can provide the last four digits of your US social security number.  If you provide a Maryland-issued ID, the signature on file with the MVA will become your official voter registration signature.  If you provide a social security number, it will be used as your official voter registration signature.

In Person

  • At their local board or state board office;
  • At the Motor Vehicle Administration when applying for the issuance, renewal, or modification of a driver’s license or identification card;
  • At certain other state agencies when completing other transactions;
  • At a registration site administered by a local board; or
  • At a voter registration agency.

You can also register to vote at an early voting site.  If you choose to register at an early voting site, bring a document that proves where you live, such as your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

By Mail

Either print an application form or contact your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections to request an application; fill out and print the Voter Registration Application form according to the instructions provided with it.  Be sure to sign the form where appropriate before mailing it.  The Voter Registration Application form cannot be processed without an ORIGINAL signature.

  • You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the Voter Registration Application form.  We encourage you to fill out the form directly from Adobe Acrobat Reader and then print and sign it.
  • Forms can be MAILED to the State Board of Elections (see address) or to your county's Board of Elections.  Do NOT fax or e-mail your Voter Registration Application.

Identification Required for Registration:

With your voter registration application, you must provide:

  • A Maryland driver’s license number;
  • MVA ID Card number; or
  • If you do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Your application will NOT be processed unless you provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card, or social security number.

 

If You Want to Vote Early

Early voting starts the 2nd Thursday before an election through the Thursday before an election.  Designated polling places will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p. m. EST during the early voting period.

For Early Voting questions and locations, please visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Early Voting Page.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered Maryland voter can request an absentee ballot.  No special circumstances are necessary. A voter may request an absentee ballot:

  • By mail
    1. The application needs to be received by Tuesday, November 1, 2016 before 8:00 p. m. EST if the voter wants the local election board to send the absentee ballot by mail or fax.
    2. The application needs to be received by Friday, November 4, 2016 before 5:00 p. m. EST if the voter wants the local election board to send the absentee ballot over the Internet.
  • By email, fax, or internet
    1. The application must be received on or before 11:59:59 p. m. EST on the Tuesday before the election if the voter wants the local election board to send the absentee ballot by mail or fax.
    2. The application must be received on or before 11:59:59 p. m. EST on the Friday before the election if the voter wants the local election board to send the absentee ballot over the Internet.
  • In person, on or before 8:00 p. m. EST on Election Day, by the voter or by any individual who is (a) 18 years old or older; (b) is not a candidate on the voter’s ballot; and (c) has been authorized in writing, signed by the voter under penalty of perjury, to act on the voter’s behalf.  The form for authorizing someone else to pick up the ballot can be obtained on the Maryland State Board of Elections website in English or Spanish.
  • Military-Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting: Absent uniformed service members (and their eligible dependents) and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).  The voter can get step-by-step assistance and forms at http://www.fvap.gov/.

You must return your ball to the local board of election by mail or by hand delivery by the deadline--it CANNOT be faxed or emailed:

  • In-person – The deadline to return an absentee ballot in-person is 8:00 p. m. EST on Election Day.
  • By mail – Mailed absentee ballots will be timely if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the local board of election by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016 for the general election.  To ensure that a ballot will be counted, advise the voter to have the local post office apply a postmark date on the return envelope.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting.

If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card);
  • A copy of a current utility bill;
  • A copy of a current bank statement; 
  • A copy of a current government check or paycheck; or
  • A copy of another current government document that shows your name and address.

Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.

If you do not show the required ID, then you will have to cast a provisional ballot.  You will have until 10 a.m. the second Wednesday after the election to provide the required ID to the local board of elections.

VoteRiders has created Maryland voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

If you have moved more than 21 days before Election Day, then you will be issued a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot application will serve to update the voter’s information and no Voter Update Form is needed.

Voters who moved at least 21 days before the election.  Go to the polling place for your new address.  Vote. You can find out where that polling place is here. You will have to use a provisional ballot if you do not appear on the precinct register for the new address. During the early voting period, you may vote at an early voting center for your new address. 

Voters who moved less than 21 days before the election. Go to the polling place for your old address OR vote a provisional ballot at the polling place for your new address.

To update your address before the next election, please use Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a voter registration application or written notice with your new address at least 21 days before the election, unless you make the change at an early voting location.  If you submit the information after this date and do not change it during early voting at an early voting site, the change cannot be made until after the election and you will have to vote a provisional ballot.

Moving Between Counties

You will remain registered if you move to another county in Maryland, and will not be required to register again unless your registration is cancelled. However, you must still follow the procedures above if you did not update your address before the election.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot: Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  For more information on how to use this process to register and vote in Maryland, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Maryland-specific FPCA page. Military or overseas voters registered in Maryland may request an absentee ballot online if you have a Maryland Driver’s License, MVA ID Card, or Social Security Number. 

Receiving an Absentee Ballot: The deadlines for registration and requests for absentee ballots are the same as for in-state Maryland residents.  Military or overseas voters registered in Maryland may request an absentee ballot online if you have a Maryland Driver’s License, MVA ID Card, or Social Security Number.  Ballots must be postmarked by 8 p.m. Election Day, and received the 10th day after the election.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot: Military and overseas citizens can also use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Maryland-specific FWAB page.

Effective, March 10, 2016, if you have been convicted of a felony and have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, you are eligible to register to vote. 

However, you do not qualify to register to vote if you have been convicted of buying or selling votes.

For more information, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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