Sunday, July 1, 2012

Maryland GOP Meets Deadline to Submit Signatures to Repeal Congressional Districts // Next Step: Validating Signatures

DOUBLE-UPDATE: See the latest numbers in a new post.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun's Annie Linskey reports that the petitioners have turned in 7,294 more signatures than the 55,736 required. Note that the first batch of anti-marriage equality petitions had a 6% invalid rate, and the first batch of redistricting petitions had a 9% invalid rate. This may be a nail-biter when they start validating these signatures!

A knowledgeable Maryland Juice reader informs us that last night, Republican activists and officials met the deadline to submit signatures to subject the State's new Congressional Districts to a referendum. As of now, there is no guarantee that the GOP has succeeded, as the Board of Elections still needs to validate the signatures. Our source indicates it is possible that the petitioners may have submitted fewer than 10% more signatures than needed. The actual number submitted is fairly important, given that historically, a percentage of signatures submitted to qualify referenda will have defects (ie: not a registered voter, or not enough information provided to validate the voter).

Our source provided the following photo from the Board of Elections last night. Maryland GOP Chair Alex Mooney is in the pink striped shirt, and Delegate Neil Parrott is in the bright red polo shirt at center:

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephanie Cooper, Redistricting State Coordinator of

The Associated Press reported last night (excerpt below):
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Opponents of Maryland’s congressional redistricting map hope they have submitted enough signatures to put the map on the ballot to give voters a chance to reject it, but it’s unclear if they have succeeded....

Delegate Neil Parrot, R-Washington, said in a statement late Saturday that he is optimistic about the result, but opponents are going to wait until Monday to talk about how many signatures they have handed in, out of respect for severe storms that hit Maryland on Friday night....

We'll provide an update on the status of the signature validation effort when we next hear from the GOP.

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