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MDPetitions.com
Funkstown, MD
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Organization Profile
Type: 501(c)(4)
Top official:Neil Parrott
Founder(s):Neil Parrott
Year founded:2011
Website:Official website

MDPetitions.com is a veto referendum petitioning group founded and led by Maryland State Delegate Neil Parrott (R-2B).[1] The organization was founded in 2011 as a 501(c)(4) and is based in Maryland.[2]

MDPetitions.com provides veto referendum petitions so that people can fill them out online, print them, sign them and mail them in.[1]

In 2014, MDPetitions.com was engaged in a campaign to place SB 212, the "Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014," on the ballot as a veto referendum. However, their campaign failed to get the issue placed on the ballot.[3]

Mission statement

The mission statement of the association is:

MDPetitions.com exists to help people have a say in their government.

We are a group of Maryland citizens who recognized the need for common-sense in our state government.

In the past several years, laws have been passed by a liberal-leaning legislature in Annapolis that simply do not make sense. Often these laws were passed on the last day of the legislative session and buried so that many voters did not even know they were passed. These laws were passed without any viable check from the Maryland voters and over the objections of minorities in the legislature.

Maryland's Constitution contains a provision for the people to petition a law and bring it to referendum for the people to vote. However, this provision contains so many different requirements for the petitions submitted, making a successful petition effort extremely difficult. Additionally, many people did not know where to sign a petition form, and the short time-frame allowed to collect the signatures further reduced the chances for success.

MDPetitions.com devised an on-line system to overcome some of these hurdles. The MDPetitions.com program captures the specific information of each voter from the Board of Elections so that there is no room for error. People wishing to sign the petitions now have a central place on-line to get their own petition form, without wasting time trying to locate a local petition site.

If enough people feel strongly about an issue, we feel strongly that it is important to let the people vote on it. [4]

—MDPetitions.com, [5]

Ballot measure activity

In 2014, MDPetitions.com was engaged in a campaign to place SB 212, the "Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014," on the ballot as a veto referendum. However, the group failed to place the issue on the ballot.[3]

In 2013, the organization sought a Death Penalty Repeal Referendum, which would have oveturned a law that abolished capital punishment.[6] They failed to gather the required number of signatures by the deadline.[7]

In 2012, MDPetitions.com successfully aided in collecting signatures to place three veto referenda on the ballot in Maryland. However, all three were defeated by voters. The three measures on the ballot were:

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