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National Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Maryland’s Step Forward in Expanding Access to the Ballot Box

For Immediate Release January 21, 2016

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) applauds the Maryland House of Delegates for voting to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto on legislation that would restore the fundamental right to vote to tens of thousands with previous felony convictions. Yesterday’s vote marked a critical step forward in moving Maryland towards expanding access. “Today, the voting rights of an estimated 40,000 individuals are at stake,” stated Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke.  “The Lawyers’ Committee looks forward to a Maryland Senate vote that recognizes the importance of breaking down barriers to the ballot and increasing participation in our democracy.  We look to Maryland’s elected representatives to fight for those citizens who are ready to re-engage in their society.” 

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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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