State of Maryland Archives: on Government Reform
Chris Van Hollen:
Do everything we can to make it easier to vote
Rep. Chris Van Hollen urged the Maryland State Board of Elections to reject a decision to replace early voting locations in Burtonsville and Chevy Chase with sites in less-densely populated Brookeville and Potomac.
The decision to change two of the
county's nine early voting sites was made with a 3-2 vote along party lines on the Republican-led county Board of Elections. Many claimed the purpose was to make it harder for Democrats along the Route 29 corridor and Bethesda and Chevy Chase to access
early voting. Van Hollen said the change would "have a major negative impact on the success of early voting in Montgomery County. We should do everything we can to make it easier for every citizen to vote. Unfortunately, the current early voting proposal
makes it harder. It will create confusion, undercut early voting and same-day voter registration, and make it harder for low-income and elderly people and people of color to participate in our political process."
Source: Bethesda Magazine on 2016 Maryland Senate race
Sep 25, 2015
Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections
The strength of our democracy rests on a balanced, honest and open political process that challenges convention and encourages progress. The Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections provides this balance and opens discord.
It levels the playing field and holds our elected leaders accountable.
And while many said we would never elect a governor because of the low spending limits mandated in our public finance laws,
I stand before you today as proof that the system does work.
We must replenish this fund as soon as possible and make it available for future candidates.
Therefore, we will submit legislation to reinstate the voluntary check-off which allows a taxpayer to make a donation to go towards the public campaign financing system each year.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature
Feb 4, 2015
Voted NO to online voter registration & online voting
HB 224 Amends Voting Procedures
Concurrence Vote Passed House (99 - 40); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland voting records
Apr 8, 2013
- Authorizes an online voter registration system that allows an individual to become
a registered voter or change his or her name, address, or party affiliation.
- Authorizes a registered voter to request an absentee ballot which can be submitted through the mail, a facsimile transmission, or
the completion of the "online ballot marking tool".
- Defines "online ballot marking tool" as a system that allows a voter to access a blank ballot through the internet, electronically mark the
ballot, print a paper copy, and mail to the a local board.
- Increases the number of early voting centers a county is required to operate.
Public service shouldn't be a life-long career; 2-term limit
Public service is a high calling, but it should not be a life-long career. I will not serve more than two terms in the Senate. And I'll support a limit on the amount of time members of
Congress can serve. Term limits will refresh and restore our democratic foundations, while causing elected officials to live under the same rules they write for others.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com
Oct 15, 2012
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