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Referendum process in Maryland ranked low in recent "report card"

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February 11, 2010

LAKE RIDGE, Virginia: Maryland laws allow for citizens to begin and spearhead ballot initiatives, but apparently, one foundation believes the process could use a lot of work. In a recent report card released by the nonpartisan voter-rights group Citizens in Charge, Maryland received a 'D', with the organization citing the laws concerning signature collecting as "restrictive."

According to the president of the foundation, Paul Jacob: "When it comes to voters having a direct voice in their government, Maryland gets a failing grade. If you or I brought a D home on a report card, it wouldn't be acceptable. And it shouldn't be accepted when it comes to our First Amendment rights."[1]

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