NAACP Applauds the Signing of Progressive Legislation in MarylandMay 03, 2013
(BALTIMORE) – Yesterday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed two progressive bills into law that would expand voting rights. The voting rights bills will add early voting sites, extend early voting hours, expand absentee balloting and allow same-day voter registration. In response, the NAACP and Maryland NAACP State Conference released the following statement regarding the new laws.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP:
“Democracy is stronger in Maryland today,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous. "This will make voting possible for many voters who simply cannot wait in long lines or whose bosses will not permit them to miss work to vote. Maryland is now at the forefront of election reform. We will work with state conferences across the country to continue this forward momentum.”
Gerald Stansbury, President, Maryland NAACP State Conference:
“We are on the right side of history for voting rights,” stated Gerald Stansbury. “This is the result of our coalition’s relentless efforts to move our state legislatures in the right direction. Our state is leading the nation in signing progressive legislation that expands rights and opportunities for citizens.”
Jotaka Eaddy, Director, NAACP Voting Rights Initiative:
“Maryland joins three states in passing laws that expand access to the ballot in 2013,” said Jotaka Eaddy. “By enhancing voter access, the state is continuing to turn the tide on those that wish to restrict voting rights. This is a victory for the state and democracy.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.