Easier signature bill dies in Maryland

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April 19, 2009

HOWARD COUNTY, Maryland: A bill sponsored by Sen. Edward Kasemeyer that would have eased the state's rules on how to assess the validity of petition signatures has died in committee.

The death of the bill means that the Turf Valley Grocery Store Veto Referendum, 2009 is also dead.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in December 2008 in the case Jane Doe v. Montgomery County Board of Elections that Maryland law requires signatures on a referendum petition to exactly match the printed name on the same page, and also match the voter's exact name on voting rolls, or be a voter's full name, including middle initials.[1]

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