Conservative Group Wants Review of Ineligible Voters in County; Hogan Signs 'No Means No' Rape Bill; Van Hollen Denies Allegations

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Conservative group threatens to sue state over ineligible voters in Montgomery County

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch wrote a letter to the Maryland State Board of Elections saying it will sue the state if it doesn’t take more aggressive action to remove ineligible voters from Montgomery County registration rolls. The group alleges that there are more registered voters in the county than there are residents of voting age. The board is reviewing the charges, but is confident the county is in compliance with the law. Though registration rolls are often out of date, experts say charges of widespread voting fraud are baseless. [Washington Post]

Hogan signs ‘no means no’ rape bill

Gov. Larry Hogan signed several bills designed to make it easier to prosecute rape cases and protect victims. One known as the “no means no” bill eliminates the requirement that victims prove they tried to physically resist their assailants, which proponents called “a major victory for all victims of sexual assault.” Other bills signed into law require rape kits to be kept for at least 20 years and expand the definition of sexual abuse to include sex trafficking. [AP]

Van Hollen denies allegation that he discouraged turnout efforts for black voters

The book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, written by two political journalists, includes an allegation that Sen. Chris Van Hollen urged unions to not aggressively turn out the state’s black voters out of fear it would help his primary opponent, Donna Edwards, who is black. The book suggests Clinton dismissed Van Hollen’s idea to stop black turnout efforts. The Van Hollen camp “categorically denies this charge.” Van Hollen ultimately won the 2016 primary by more than 14 points. [Baltimore Sun]

Bethesda runners complete Boston marathon

Among the more than 26,000 people who completed the Boston Marathon on Monday were 33 runners from Bethesda. Natalie Atabek was the first finisher from this area, with a time of three hours, four minutes and 50 seconds, followed by Mark J. Yost, whose time of three hours, nine minutes and 37 seconds was exactly one hour behind the overall first-place time. Ben Beach finished his 50th straight Boston Marathon in five hours, one minute and 26 seconds. [Patch]

Some rain, some clouds

Today’s a bit less sunny, with a 40 percent chance of rain, mostly in the morning. Clouds are expected the rest of the day, with some winds and a high near 60, according to the National Weather Service. There is a chance of showers and fog tonight.

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