Article: Pressure Grows On Senate to Take Up Local Election Reform

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Pressure Grows On Senate to Take Up Local Election Reform

With a dwindling number of days before the 2021 legislative session ends, pressure is growing on Maryland’s Senate to pass “historic civil rights legislation” that would change how some counties select their commissioners and aims to ensure that votes cast by minorities in those counties are not overrun by a county-wide majority.

House Bill 655, sponsored by Del. Brian M. Crosby (D-St. Mary’s) would require that, if a candidate for county commissioner is running to represent a specific district in Calvert, Charles, Garrett, Queen Anne’s or St. Mary’s counties, that commissioner’s election must be decided only by voters within that district.

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