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  • Civil rights generally refers to the rights that individuals living in the United States have under the United States Constitution , certain federal laws, the Maryland constitution and certain state laws.
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  • There are a number of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination because of age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and pregnancy.
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  • Several federal statutes (laws) allow people whose civil rights have been violated to sue the violator(s).
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  • In addition to the general requirements you must meet in order to vote in Maryland, there are special rules if you have been convicted of certain crimes and/or are currently under certain restrictions within the criminal justice system.
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  • The Fifteenth Amendment (Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude" (i.e., slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870.
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