Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Referendum (2014)
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Editor's note: This section contains information on those in support of placing the referendum on the ballot.
Supporters say that the death penalty is necessary for enforcing society's moral code. The website MDPetitions.com is sponsoring the referendum's petition drive.
- Baltimore County state's attorney Scott Shellenberger
- Del. Neil Parrott (R-2B)
- Sen. James Brochin (D-42)
- At a press conference announcing the campaign's launch, State's Attorney Shellenberger said, "We need to retain Maryland’s death penalty for those prosecutors who want to seek it in the appropriate case. Today, we are launching repeal the repeal. We want people, the people of the state of Maryland, to decide whether Maryland should have the death penalty."
Tactics and strategies
- During an annual marathon in Baltimore, supporters staged a news conference and held up signs at the finish line saying: "What if?" The effort was designed to invite comparison to the 2013 terrorist bombing of a marathon in Boston.
- Maryland Catholic Conference
Path to the ballot
- See also: Maryland signature requirements
For a referendum on a statewide law: signatures must equal 3% of votes cast for governor in the most recent election, and one-third must be submitted within 40 days of the legislation being signed into law.
The first round of signatures, totaling 18,579 names, was required by May 31, but it was reported that supporters had only gathered around 15,000. The shortcoming resulted in the referendum failing to make the ballot.
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- Associated Press, "Md. death penalty supporters aim to reverse repeal," May 3, 2013
- Associated Press, "Maryland death penalty supporters plan referendum petition drive to overturn repeal," May 3, 2013
- Washington Post, "Group launches petition drive to overturn death penalty repeal in Maryland," May 3, 2013
- CapitalGazette.com, " Petition drive fails to overturn Maryland death penalty repeal," June 1, 2013
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