Montgomery County Embraces the Promote Our Vote Model
Montgomery County, Maryland, is taking steps to uphold the right to vote and encourage voter turnout. In fall of 2013, the County Council adopted a Right to Vote Resolution that supported an explicit right to vote in the U.S. Constitution and established an all-partisan Right to Vote Task Force, charged with reviewing local laws and practices that may affect the right to vote, and propose changes to protect access and promote participation. Since December, the Task Force has met regularly, forming specialized subcommittees to focus on specific electoral issues, such as registration, participation, and representation. Most recently, it published a report and 59 recommendations on how the county, state, and nation can improve the voting process. There will be a public hearing on the report in September 2014.
Montgomery County Council Hears Report
*Promote Our Vote Task Force Presentation - Minute 20
Montgomery County Passes Resolution
Adopted Right to Vote Resolution
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