Lower Maryland State Court Upholds Internet Method of Distributing Petitions

On August 10, a Maryland circuit court upheld the ability of petitioning groups to make their blank petitions available on the internet, so that anyone with access to a computer can print his or her own copy of the petition, sign the petition, and also sign off as the circulator. This method was pioneered by https://MDpetitions.com. The particular petition at issue in the court case was one to force a referendum on the state’s most recent U.S. House redistricting plan. Democrats, who oppose the referendum, asked the court to invalidate the petitions that were prepared by the web page, but the lower court reject the position of the Democratic Party. The party will now appeal to the highest state court, the Maryland State Court of Appeals. Thanks to Doug McNeil for this news. Here is a story about the case.

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