"Reasonable certainty" standard proposed for Maryland signatures

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April 6, 2009

BALTIMORE, Maryland: Maryland State Senate Majority leader Edward Kasemeyer has introduced legislation that would change Maryland law allowing election judges to approved petition signatures based on "reasonable certainty" of their identity. Local election boards have long requested more lenient standards.

Both the Senate and the House of Delegates must approve the bill before April 13, the final day of the emergency legislative session. Since it qualifies as emergency legislation, three-fifths approval is needed.[1]

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