LWV Baltimore County joins Senators Kelley and Sydnor, Delegate Brooks, and other advocacy organizations to demand Voting Rights Act changes to Baltimore County Redistricting Plan.
What’s at Stake: On September 29, the Baltimore County NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland sent an alternative plan to the county’s Redistricting Commission, expressing concerns that the Commission’s proposed plan would unlawfully dilute Black people’s votes, in violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Racial fairness commands of the Act require election districts to be configured so that voters within a cohesive racial minority have a real opportunity to elect officials of their choice, just as do those in the white majority.
- Our Co-Presidents sent a letter to members of the Board of Education urging support for the election of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school meal funding option which allows eligible schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. This will enable the eligible schools to become Hunger-Free Schools. With the election of the CEP at least 46 schools in Baltimore County will be covered, accounting for 20% of the children attending Baltimore County schools. This was adopted by the Board of Education.
- Our Co-Presidents sent a letter to the County Council in support of Council Resolution No. 76-20 “establishing the Baltimore County Adequate Facilities Ordinance (APFO) Task Force to help the County adapt to the pressure that growth places on school capacity and for the purpose of providing a predictable planning environment for the provision of public school facilities by requiring development projects to pass certain tests as a condition of development approval:” The task force will issue its findings to the County Executive and County Council by November 1st. League member Yara Cheikh will represent us on this seven-member task force.
- Board member Carol Wynne will represent our League on the Baltimore County Health Care Coalition.