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Lawyers’ Committee Praises Maryland Legislature for Restoring Voting Rights

For Immediate Release February 9, 2016

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law praises the Maryland State Senate for voting to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto on legislation that would allow individuals with felony convictions to regain their right to vote. The State Senate overturned the veto with 29 votes, which was the minimum number needed to support last month’s State House decision. “Today, the Maryland Senate seized an opportunity to reject the continuation of a restrictive voting practice. We applaud the Maryland General Assembly for using the power of the vote to defend the voting rights of thousands,” stated Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke. “Across the country, racial minorities are disproportionately impacted by felony disenfranchisement laws. We urge other state lawmakers to follow Maryland’s lead by taking action that will expand equal access to the ballot box this election year.” The Lawyers’ Committee remains committed to being at the forefront of the fight to advance and protect the right to vote through litigation, advocacy, and education, as well as meaningfully engaging in the struggle to secure sound criminal justice reform.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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