Why Are Young People Not Voting? By Elizabeth Mehler

The biggest factors attributed to the low voter turnout among voters aged 18-29 are: lack of habit formation, obstacles to voting and/or registering, and the general discouragement around politics. 

Younger voters have simply had less opportunity to vote, and therefore less time to build the habit. Also people are influenced by external factors such as what they see their peers doing. Older people are more likely to observe friends, family members, and peers voting throughout many elections while young people are less likely to have that influence encouraging them to vote. 

Younger people are more likely to have jobs and financial situations that make it harder to take time off work to vote. It can also be more difficult for young people living in new and/or temporary places to learn the process of voting, registering, finding their polling place, and educating themselves on the local and national candidates. Younger people are less likely to have printers or other necessities to vote, or they may not know where to look for information on the electoral system

Young voters are historically not the most important demographic, due to their lower turnout, and therefore candidates’ campaigns are less focused on them and their concerns. Many young people feel their leaders don’t care about their input and feel generally discouraged around politics. This creates a feedback loop and  reinforces the idea that young people’s votes are unimportant and their input is not valued. 

Voter Turnout in Montgomery County

In the 2020 presidential election 537,935 people voted in Montgomery County. According to the Maryland State Board of Education, as of October 17, 2020 there were 673,198 registered voters. The general election turnout for Montgomery County voters was 79% for the 2020 elections. More than 127,700 voted during the early-voting period and the county received about 331,000 mail-in ballots.

How to Increase Youth Voter Turnout?

Educate Teenagers and Young Adults: Voting is a civic practice that needs to be learned. New voters should be actively taught how to register to vote, how to find a polling place, and  how to fill out and cast a ballot. One of the most beneficial ways to improve youth voter turnout is educating young people on the logistics of voting. 

Educating young people on voting needs to start within schools. Schools should take the time to teach students the process of voting, how to fill out a ballot, how to find where to vote and getting students registered (or pre registered) to vote, which can have a tremendous impact on youth voter turnout within their community. Research from a CIRCLE youth survey found that “youth who reported having been either encouraged to vote or taught how to register to vote in high school are more likely to vote and participate in other civic activities and are more knowledgeable about voting processes.” The survey also found that “students who had not received encouragement to vote from teachers in high school were more than twice as likely to agree with the statement ‘Voting is a waste of time’ as those who had been encouraged: 26% vs. 12%.” Increasing youth voter turnout must start within schools, teaching kids the importance of voting at formative ages. It is very worthwhile to work with schools to improve the information taught about voting and ensure kids are leaving school knowledgeable about the voting process.   

Automatic Voter Registration: Automatic voter registration (AVR) is the idea that when citizens reach the voting age, they are added to the voter rolls without having to register themselves. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) passed by congress in 1993 created a new way to vote. The NVRA required most states to provide citizens the opportunity to register to vote when applying or renewing a driver’s license at the DMV, and has been implemented in Maryland. 

Since Oregon became the first state in the nation to imple­ment AVR in 2016, the state has seen voter regis­tra­tion rates quadruple at DMV offices. Although the NVRA has a substantial impact on voter registration throughout the country, it still doesn’t reach everyone. Another example: Sweden has a virtually automatic enrollment system–voter registration is automatic and proof of registration is sent to the homes of every eligible Swedish citizen for elections. Data from the Pew Research Center places Sweden as having the second highest voter turnout in the world with a voter turnout of 82.61%. 

Registering to vote is often the biggest obstacle of the voting process in America. Automatic voter registration is proven to have an immense effect on voter turnout and is worth advocating for as youth voter turnout especially would increase. 

Please reach out to us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com if you have any questions, or would like to get involved in boosting voter turnout.

Next MoCo Young Democrats Meeting Will Be on Cannabis Legalization-7 PM, Tuesday, February 15th

Our next Montgomery County Young Democrats meeting will be on cannabis legalization at 7 PM, Tuesday, February 15th. We will have a panel of experts to talk about legalizing and taxing cannabis and how to do it properly, ensuring that the community benefits from the taxes, how people convicted of cannabis-related crimes will be impacted, and how to promote racial justice in this area. Register here to attend via Zoom.

Testimony of Montgomery County Young Democrats (MCYD) – Joint House and Senate Montgomery County Delegation Priorities Hearing – November 15, 2021

Good evening members of the Delegation:

Thank you for receiving our testimony. My name is Michael DeLong and I am the President of the Montgomery County Young Democrats, an organization of young Democrats ages 14-34 working to ensure freedom and opportunity for all and get young people involved in politics. These are extraordinary times. During the upcoming legislative session we urge you to champion major reforms and show that government can meaningfully improve Marylanders’ lives. 

MCYD thanks you for your work to combat police brutality earlier this year, but the fight is far from over. Currently Maryland police officers have qualified immunity, which means they are protected from civil lawsuits and can even collect their pensions if they lose their jobs for abuse or misconduct. We urge you to end this get-out-of-jail-free card for abusive officers and build on the historic policing reform that you passed last session. 

Now that the eviction moratorium is over, eviction filings are rising and many more renters are struggling to stay in their homes. Tenants need to be protected from unjust treatment, not just in this county but across the state. Delegate Wilkins’s Stable Homes Act prohibits landlords from evicting tenants with just cause, like breaking their lease, damaging the property, or good faith efforts to reclaim the property for other years. The Legislature should enact it to grant protections to all Maryland renters. 

Paid family leave should be another top priority. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and workers, employers, and the general public benefit when people have paid time off to care for themselves and their family members. Employees should have at least 12 weeks of paid leave; the Time to Care Act has been introduced in the past couple of sessions and it should be passed. Paid family and medical leave means not having to choose between paychecks and families, keeps people in the labor force, and leads to a stronger economy, more workplace equality, and improved family values. Furthermore, the problem of student loan debt is looming over too many young people’s lives, and we urge you to take measures to reduce it.

We cannot remain indifferent to the environment and to the effects of climate change, which are already impacting Maryland–examples include increasing flooding in Annapolis and the erosion of various islands in the Chesapeake. The Legislature should reduce carbon emissions and oppose Hogan’s highway expansion plan, which will result in increased pollution and traffic. Finally, legislators should consider allowing ranked choice voting for Montgomery County elections, if the Council determines it is a good reform. 

Thank you very much for accepting our testimony. Please contact us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Letter from MoCo Young Democrats in Support of Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan

September 13th, 2021

Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker

240-777-7960

Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov

Council Office Building

100 Maryland Avenue, 6th Floor

Rockville, MD 20850

cc Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass, Will Jawano, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, Hans Riemer

Dear Council President Hucker,

We Montgomery County Young Democrats (MCYD) write in support of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan and its vision for the county, including land use, housing, transportation, parks and open space, and environmental protection. Montgomery County is an excellent place to live but it can and should be improved, and this plan will improve the quality of life for everyone. Below are several aspects of the plan that are especially worthy of your support.

Over the past fifty years Montgomery County has grown tremendously; the 2020 census showed that our county now has over a million people and has grown significantly more urban. The county also has major employment centers, lots of residential neighborhoods, and rural areas. Past and present racial discrimination means that many people still lack opportunities and good services.

Thrive Montgomery seeks to use land more efficiently and anticipates that Montgomery County will become more urban, more diverse, and more interconnected. It recognizes that compact development is valuable and so is diverse use and building types. The plan further promotes better public transportation that focuses on moving people, not just cars. MCYD supports all these objectives.

In order to accommodate Montgomery County’s growing population, promote economic growth, and encourage new businesses, we need more housing and more affordable. Traditionally plans have focused just on single family homes and promoted them as the county’s ideal; single family homes are important, but so are duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, small apartments, and high rise apartments and condominiums. Thrive Montgomery calls for focusing growth in a limited number of locations rather than dispersing it. This has several advantages: 1) it avoids sprawl that is environmentally unfriendly, separates people, and makes them more reliant on cars, 2) encourages a variety of different uses such as retail, housing, and office space, which ensures that people of diverse incomes and backgrounds can live and work closely together, and 3) emphasizes the importance of walking, biking, and public transportation, which reduces pollution and climate change.

Concentrating development in urban areas has the added benefit of preserving agriculture, and even suburbs and rural areas benefit from a mixture of uses and housing types to suit their needs. Improved public transportation will bring additional advantages to Montgomery County, which already has serious traffic problems. Many neighborhoods were constructed just for cars, and it is difficult for residents without them to get around. Low-income residents may also find it difficult to afford cars, which are expensive and require constant maintenance in order to function well. Improved buses, more missing middle housing, denser neighborhoods, and the construction of the Purple Line will make the county a better place to live.

MCYD additionally supports corridor-focused development, which is also included in the plan. Denser buildings and housing should be constructed next to Metro stations, major roads and bus stops, and future Purple Line stations. Following these proposals will reduce traffic congestion and easily connect people across the county and beyond. The Thrive Montgomery plan further states that the county will “amend land use, design, and zoning regulations, including the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, to remove regulatory barriers and permit corridor-focused compact development.” MCYD applauds these suggestions and believes that single family zoning, which restricts development to only allow single-family homes, is often unsuited for various neighborhoods and contributes to systemic racism. Allowing development of different buildings will expand opportunity for residents and help reduce discrimination. 

Finally, Thrive Montgomery 2050 commits to sharing the benefits of growth with everyone, no matter their neighborhood, class, or race. Montgomery County is often portrayed as a place where everyone is well off. While there are wealthy areas in our county, such as Bethesda and Chevy Chase, that is far from the truth. Eastern Montgomery County is home to more low-income families and has received significantly less resources and services, and fast growing cities like Gaithersburg and Clarksburg also need more attention and investment. Thrive Montgomery will encourage all these changes.

MCYD strongly supports Thrive Montgomery and its ambitions to improve Montgomery County for all its residents. We ask the County Council to support this plan as well.

Thank you very much, and please contact us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

The Montgomery County Young Democrats

The Biden Administration’s Push for Voting Rights-By Becky Felker

“If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.” These were the words of President Joseph R. Biden on March 26, 2021 in a statement about the attack on the voting rights in Georgia. Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, and now in his first term as President, Biden has come under intense pressure from organizations like the ACLU  (American Civil Liberties Union),  the NAACP, and Common Cause to fight hard to protect voting rights for all Americans. Biden has kept part of this campaign promise by touting S1: For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. 

The official summary of HR/S1 given by Congress is that the For the People Act “addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government.” More specifically, the bill expands voter registration by making automatic and same-day registration nationally available as well as expanding voter access through vote-by-mail and early voting. The bill requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting. This would help to alleviate the partisanship and gerrymandering we see so often today. There is also a focus on election security by creating more support for state elections’ security, cybersecurity, and developing a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions through the establishment of a National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions. Further, the bill addresses campaign finance, including expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices. The bill addresses ethics in the form of more extensive reporting of conflict of interests in the federal government, creating codes of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, and prohibiting Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity. There is also more accountability and transparency required in the Executive Branch–the President, the Vice President, and certain candidates for those offices must disclose 10 years of tax returns. 

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, named after the late civil rights icon John Lewis, is similar to the For the People Act in many ways, but has more historical roots. This bill, introduced in the 116th Congress, would reinstall an original section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which helped to make sure that people of color, especially Black Americans, had equal voting rights, as well as access to the polls. The 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder created a considerable blow to voter equality, especially for minorities. As stated by the Human Rights Campaign:

“Among the invalidated provisions was an enforcement mechanism that prevented states from making changes to voting laws and practices if they have a history of voting discrimination, unless they clear those changes through federal officials. In Shelby, the Supreme Court ruled that the formula for deciding which states and localities have a history of voting discrimination (and were therefore required to pre-approve changes in voting laws and practices) was unconstitutional. This severely weakened the federal government’s oversight of discriminatory voting practices.” 

With this key provision being invalidated, voting rights for people of color are at the most vulnerable yet. Unfortunately, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act has taken a much different path through Congress than the For the People Act. While the Act passed the House in the 116th Congress it failed in the Senate and has yet to be reintroduced into this new, 117th Congress.

Speaking at the memorial for the 100th anniversary since the Tulsa Greenwood Massacre, President Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris would take the lead on protecting voting rights and passing the For the People Act in the Senate. In what will be her first major individual assignment as Vice President,  Kamala Harris’ first job is “going to take a hell of a lot of work” as President Biden put it. Indeed it will. Not only does the John Lewis Voting Rights Act have a grim future, but now the For the People Act does too, with crucial swing vote Senator Joe Manchin announcing he will not vote in support. 

In an Op-Ed to the Charleston Gazette Mail, Manchin explains “voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.” While in strong support for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to be reintroduced, Manchin thinks slim, partisan victories in the Senate begs the question: “Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants?” Manchin further states that he is not in support of  his other Democratic colleagues’ attempts at eliminating the filibuster and using Vice President Harris for the tie breaking vote. His reasoning for this was that “just four short years ago, in 2017 when Republicans held control of the White House and Congress, President Donald Trump was publicly urging Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster. Then, it was Senate Democrats who were proudly defending the filibuster. Thirty-three Senate Democrats penned a letter to Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warning of the perils of eliminating the filibuster.” 

While the filibuster is another hot button issue, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has stated: “We will vote on voting rights legislation, bold legislation, S. 1, in the last week in June.” Schumer has also said that he is willing to negotiate with Senator Manchin in order to get full democratic support for S1, but that “Speaker Pelosi put out a letter to her colleagues just a couple hours ago that said S. 4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Act), because of its constitutional difficulties and upcoming court cases will not even be ready. So we’re going to put S. 1 on the floor. As I said, we’re open to changes and modifications as long as it does the job.”

It seems like Democrats’ anxiety over passing some kind of sweeping voting rights package is not baseless; the Brennan Center for Justice reported 361 voter suppression bills being introduced just this year. The last time there was this many voter suppression bills introduced was in 2011, and the Brennan Center thinks this is no coincidence:

“The restrictive laws from 2011 were enacted after the 2010 elections brought a  significant shift in political control over statehouses — and as the country confronted backlash to the election of its first Black president. Today’s attacks on the vote come from similar sources: the racist voter fraud allegations behind the Big Lie and a desire to prevent future elections from achieving the historic turnout seen in 2020.” (Brennan Center for Justice) 

Most proposed bills in state legislatures try to limit voting by mail, make stricter rules for voter ID, and decrease the availability of voter registration options.

With a vote coming up in late June on the For the People Act, groups like the Brennan Center, NAACP,  and Common Cause are confident that the only way to stop these new bills in state houses is to enact S1. Unfortunately it looks like Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party as a whole- have a long road ahead of them to get there. 

Sources: 

AP Article voting rights: https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-voting-government-and-politics-48c29c71f4b86983cac0f7ef57bc5359 

Atlantic Article on how S1 is best chance to stop voter suppression: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/03/democrats-need-hr-1-and-new-vra-protect-voting-rights/618171/ 

NY Times Article on what S1 would do as a bill: 

Washington Post Machin not supporting S1 article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/06/manchin-voting-rights-op-ed/

USA Today on Biden’s two voting laws he wants passed:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/05/14/voting-rights-biden-wants-2-bills-passed-where-do-they-stand/4919517001/

Manchin’s Op Ed:

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/op_ed_commentaries/joe-manchin-why-im-voting-against-the-for-the-people-act/article_c7eb2551-a500-5f77-aa37-2e42d0af870f.html

https://www.aclu.org/news/voting-rights/president-elect-bidens-voting-rights-to-do-list/

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/weekly-score/2021/03/29/where-and-what-is-the-john-r-lewis-voting-rights-act-794317

https://www.hrc.org/resources/voting-rights-advancement-act

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-may-2021

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-may-2021

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/08/for-the-people-act-vote-492159

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1


Letter to the Biden Administration in Support of Welcoming Refugees

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Secretary of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear President Biden,

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to rebuild the refugee resettlement program and ensure that 125,000 refugees are welcomed for the 2022 fiscal year. For the past four years the Trump administration, led by Stephen Miller, harmed immigrants, undermining and attacking refugees at every turn. We opposed these xenophobic and cruel policies, welcomed your election, and are pleased to see your promise to welcome refugees and to increase the number of them admitted to the United States.

However, much work remains to be done. We are heartened by your decision to raise the refugee cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year of 2021, and urge you to make the program’s reconstruction a top priority. We have heard stories of hundreds of refugees who have been approved for resettlement having their flights cancelled at the last minute, and other refugees trapped in legal limbo between countries. America must honor its promises to people who have fled oppression and violence in their home countries, and provide them a safe haven to rebuild their lives.

Tens of millions of refugees have fled their homes over the last decade. From Syrians fleeing civil war and atrocities, to Central Americans seeking to escape poverty and gang violence, to Rohingyas fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, to Uighurs fleeing mass repression in Xinjang; the need for aid and compassion has never been greater. The Trump administration’s racist bans on the resettlement of refugees from various areas disproportionately harmed people fleeing some of the worst crises.

Moreover, the world looks to the United States for moral leadership. Rising xenophobia at home and abroad has led to hostility, discrimination, and even violence against refugees. As a nation of immigrants the United States should embrace one of our best traditions and welcome large numbers of refugees, setting an example for the rest of the world. Refugees undergo thorough scrutiny and strengthen countries they settle in; a generous and welcoming policy will both help them and strengthen America.

Therefore, we urge you to set a refugee cap of 125,000 for the 2022 fiscal year, and to focus on expanding the refugee resettlement program even further, with a goal of welcoming and resettling a minimum of 300,000 refugees for the 2023 fiscal year. Moreover, the refugee cap can be used as an aspiration and a powerful statement of American values. We therefore also urge you to set an ultimate and constant refugee cap of 300,000.

Additionally, almost 17,000 Afghans risked their lives serving as interpreters and working with the U.S military over the past twenty years. Many of them will be in grave danger once the United States withdraws from Afghanistan. The administration should ensure that swift action is taken so all these translators and their families get special immigrant visas allowing them to come to the United States as soon as possible. Honor, compassion, and loyalty demand no less.

America is a formidable country that can and should welcome many refugees. Past Presidents have shown courage and fought to admit people fleeing oppression and violence. After World War II, President Harry Truman waged a fierce struggle to admit hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees, and stated that “we should do this, not only in our own self-interest, but also as a way to reaffirm the great tradition of freedom and opportunity which we have proved in our own experience to be the surest path of progress and prosperity.”[1]

The United States should embrace the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, and “lift my lamp beside the golden door.”[2]

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Michael DeLong at michaeldelong94@gmail.com if there are any questions.

Sincerely,

Andrew Saundry

Montgomery County District 19 Democratic Club

Montgomery County Young Democrats 


[1] “Special Message to the Congress on Aid for Refugees and Displaced Persons.” Harry S. Truman. March 24, 1952. Available at https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/special-message-the-congress-aid-for-refugees-and-displaced-persons.

[2] “The New Colossus.” By Emma Lazarus. 1883. Available at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46550/the-new-colossus.

Montgomery County Young Democrats Statement on Guilty Verdict in Derek Chauvin Case

On Tuesday jurors found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, and we Montgomery County Young Democrats applaud this verdict. George Floyd was murdered in cold blood despite posing no threat to the officers or anyone around him. 

This conviction does not bring George Floyd back or repair the harm done to him or his family. But it does mean that Derek Chauvin will be held accountable for his cruelty and racism, and that is a step forward. We cannot ignore that other police officers stood by and did nothing to prevent the murder, or that policing is too often marred by systemic racism, or that brutalizers of many other black men and women will not be held accountable–but hopefully this marks a turning point where police officers will be punished if they harm someone. 

As Democrats and supporters of justice, we have a responsibility to ensure that this never happens again, to liberate America from racism and oppression, and to create a society where people of color will be protected by the law and its officers, instead of abused. 

Here in Maryland and other places, we must move forward and honor George Floyd’s memory by building on the reforms already passed and working for true peace-which is not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of justice. 

MCYD Condemns Police Misconduct in Case of Five Year Old Boy

March 31, 2021—The Montgomery County Young Democrats vehemently condemn the misconduct of the Montgomery County Police in the detainment and mistreatment of a 5-year-old African American boy from East Silver Spring Elementary School.

The January 2020 footage recently provided by the Montgomery County Police Department shows the officers handcuffing the boy, picking him up by his wrists and showing signs of force. Additionally, the officers used harsh language, screamed in his face, called him a “beast” and alluded that he was similar to a fictional murderous doll, even going as far as suggesting the child should be put in a crate.

Without question, the school administrators must also be harshly critiqued in their complicit acceptance of how the child was reprimanded. They went as far as cosigning with the officers on the most appropriate way to discipline the young child without “going to jail”. There is no reality where beating any child is appropriate. 

This situation could have been and should have been de-escalated. It is unimaginable that a situation where an employee of an elementary school should have to request “MCPD officers’ assistance in addressing a five-year-old child who had left the school grounds and did not wish to return”, as reported by MCPD. With the poor history of police intervention and presence in schools, this tragic event is one more reason why we advocate for the removal of police from schools and request that policies related to school grounds should be reviewed to limit the involvement of armed police.

We, Montgomery County Young Democrats, call for the immediate removal of the officers and the school administrators involved in this event. In addition, we will continue to advocate for a review of school policies and procedures in favor of amicably de-escalating a situation. Our proposed solutions start with, but are not limited to the use of a school therapist, social worker, or instituting social wellness programs. We must not allow the system to continually fail our students. 

Montgomery County Young Democrats Testimony in Support of the Stable Homes Act-HB 574

Dear Members of the House Environment and Transportation Committee,

We are the Montgomery County Young Democrats, an organization which represents Democrats between the ages of 14 and 35. We firmly urge the House Environment and Transportation Committee to support HB 574 (the Montgomery County Stable Homes Act), sponsored by Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins and the Montgomery County Delegation. We believe this bill is essential to defend Montgomery County tenants from unjust evictions and protect them from landlord mistreatment.

This bill would prohibit a landlord from evicting a tenant from a leased premise in Montgomery County without just cause. The bill lists out the just causes under which landlords have the right to evict tenants. These range from substantial lease violations to good faith efforts to reclaim the property for various purposes.

The Montgomery County Stable Homes Act exempts just cause requirements if the property is occupied by the landlord and if the landlord only leases out a single unit; if the tenant’s initial lease was conditioned on employment and that employment has expired; or if the landlord does not own more than two family rental properties.

When families are evicted, they lose more than just their homes. Children perform worse in school, adults face the risk of job loss, families lose many of their possessions and face a decline in mental and physical health. ​Stable housing contributes to improved educational outcomes, which is made even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic as students must study from their homes.

The Stable Homes Bill still preserves the rights of landlords while ensuring tenants are not unfairly and improperly evicted from their homes.

We thank Delegate Wilkins for her persistent effort to advance this legislation. We urge the committee to favorably report the Stable Homes Bill, and the legislature to promptly pass it without delay.

Thank you for your continued service to the residents of Montgomery County.. Please email us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com or give us a call at 925-708-1135 with any questions.

Sincerely,

The Montgomery County Young Democrats

MoCo Young Democrats Meeting This Tuesday, February 16th at 7 PM!

Join us Tuesday, February 16th at 7 PM for our monthly meeting. In honor of Black History Month, we will discuss HB 11-Public Schools – African American History – Development of Content Standards and Implementation. Come prepared to discuss your ideas for what more MCYD can do in support of this bill! We will also talk about the Biden administration’s COVID-19 stimulus package, what it means for Americans, and how we can strengthen it. Register here to attend!