HB 222 - Expands Voting Access for Incarcerated Individuals - Maryland Key Vote

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Title: Expands Voting Access for Incarcerated Individuals

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands voting access for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines “correctional facility” as a facility for detaining or confining individuals that is operated by a correctional unit (Sec. 1-2–502.A-2).

  • Requires a correctional facility provide a secure, designated drop box that incarcerated individuals may use to easily submit election-related materials to election officials (Sec. 1-2–502.A-2).

  • Requires a correctional facility return a ballot to a local board if it receives a ballot addressed to an individual who has been released from incarceration (Sec. 1-2–502.A-3).

  • Classifies “eligible voter” as an individual who meets the following criteria (Sec. 1-2–502.A-4):

    • Is incarcerated in a correctional facility facility; and

    • Has the right to vote under state law.

  • Prohibits the state board or local board of elections from disclosing any identifying information concerning an incarcerated individual that the state or local board obtains from a correctional facility for the purpose of implementing the program (Sec. 1-2–502.D-2).

  • Requires the state board to engage nonpartisan community organizations to facilitate voting by eligible voters (Sec. 1-2–502.D-3).

  • Authorizes an individual to become registered to vote if the individual (Sec. 1-3–102.a-1):

    • Is a citizen of the United States;

    • Is at least 16 years old;

    • Is a resident of the State as of the day the individual seeks to register; and

    • Registers pursuant to this title.

  • Prohibits a voter from becoming an eligible voter if the individual (Sec. 1-3–102.b):

    • Has been convicted of a felony and is currently serving a court–ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction;

    • Is under guardianship for mental disability and a court of competent jurisdiction has specifically found by clear and convincing evidence that the individual cannot communicate, with or without accommodations, a desire to participate in the voting process; or

    • Has been convicted of buying or selling votes.

Title: Expands Voting Access for Incarcerated Individuals

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