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Maryland officials to discuss voting rights

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Posted at 8:48 AM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 08:48:06-04

Maryland officials are holding a news conference to discuss voting rights.

Sen. Ben Cardin will join Attorney General Brian Frosh and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks at an early voting site in Landover on Monday, Oct. 31 to highlight the need to protect the integrity of elections.

A coalition of 88 voting and civil rights groups urged state election officials to prevent voting discrimination and disruption. The goal of the conference is to counter the threat of election day intimidation. 

Representatives from the League of Women Voters, Casa de Maryland, the Prince George’s County Muslim Council and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also are scheduled to attend.

"Casting a vote is one of the most important basic rights in a democracy and we must staunchly reject any and all efforts to suppress that right," said Cardin. "As Americans head to the polls to make their voices heard in this election, including early voting happening now in Maryland, it is imperative that citizens clearly understand their rights and know how to resist any efforts to constrict them."

The news conference starts at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 at Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex located at 8001 Sheriff Road in Landover.

Early voting is already underway in Maryland. Early voting centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Thursday, Nov. 3.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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WMAR staff contributed to this article.

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