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By Restoring Voting Rights, We Restore Individuals and Democracy


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By Restoring Voting Rights, We Restore Individuals and Democracy

Perry Hopkins

When the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes on January 13, it will have an historic opportunity to restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-offenders like me. Last year, the Maryland General Assembly resoundingly passed SB340/HB980, a bill that will restore the vote to Maryland citizens who live in our communities but cannot vote because of one or more past felony convictions. Disappointingly, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed it in May. But the General Assembly can and should override this veto in the opening days of the 2016 legislative session.