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