- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Maryland Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against the Maryland State Board of Elections claiming thousands of electronically filed signatures in the petition drive against the state’s congressional redistricting map were improperly validated, so the question on redistricting should not appear on November’s ballot.

David Sloan, the party’s executive director, said in a statement Tuesday the board failed to apply standards for reviewing and validating the signatures.

On Friday, the elections board certified that opponents of the map had submitted 59,201 valid signatures to put it on the ballot — almost 3,500 more than required.

The new map was drawn by a five-person committee appointed by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. It was approved by the General Assembly last year.

Some petition signers argue the lines were unfairly drawn to give Democrats an edge in elections.

In his statement, Mr. Sloan called the attempt to get the issue on the ballot a “desperate ploy” on the GOP’s part.
The case will have to be expedited because ballot language must be certified by Aug. 20.



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