(BALTIMORE – May 31, 2018) – Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections (VOICE) – the group that uncovered the dozens of voting irregularities in the 2016 Baltimore Mayoral elections – is calling on Governor Larry Hogan today to bring in election observers at polling locations all across the state, along with urging the Board of Elections to begin a robust voter education marketing campaign to inform Maryland voters of the confusing and error-filled ballot they will receive this June.
“We are headed for disaster yet again if something isn’t done immediately to address the issues we face as an electorate if the ballots aren’t changed and the voters aren’t thoroughly informed,” says VOICE co-founder, Hassan Giordano.
“If the Governor and the men and women of the Board of Elections think that by leaving an unqualified candidate such as Senator Nathaniel Oaks on the ballot in the 41st district, while leaving off the names of two highly qualified democratic gubernatorial candidates Valerie Ervin and Marisol Johnson on ballots all across the state, won’t cause mass confusion and possible voter suppression, than they are sadly mistaken.”
The group will be joined by gubernatorial candidates, Erving and Johnson, who themselves have recently threatened legal action against the state if something isn’t done immediately to have their names added to the ballot. Also joining them will be the plaintiffs in the case to remove Senator Oaks from the ballot in the 41st district, as well as their attorney H. Mark Stichel.
“This has absolutely nothing to do with partisanship, or support for or against any candidate, but rather is based on the principle of fairness and giving every candidate the equal right to have their name placed on the ballot for the voters’ to choose from – as well as ensuring that political inequity doesn’t somehow determine the outcome of a race that could possibly jeopardize the future of a district for decades to come,” says VOICE co-founder, Doni Glover.
WHAT: Press Conference demanding action regarding the June Primary elections
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018 ~ 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: 417 E. Fayette Street (Benton Building – Baltimore City Board of Elections) – Outside Front of the Building
WHO: Speakers will include: Members of VOICE, Gubernatorial candidates Valerie Ervin and Marisol Johnson, Plaintiffs/Attorney in Oaks lawsuit)
WHY: To call on Governor Hogan to appoint election observers and polling monitors across the state, and for the BOE to begin mass educational campaign aimed at educating the voters of Maryland