The Libertarian and Green parties regained their official status on election ballots Tuesday after retired Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Eugene Lerner found they had collected enough signatures on petitions.
“It is great news for third parties in Maryland,” said Libertarian Party Chairman Bob Johnston.
Yesterday evening, Andy Jacobs and I (Paulie) discussed harassment of ballot access petitioners, including Andy’s arrest outside a public library while petitioning to get the Green and Libertarian Parties back on the Maryland ballot. For the first hour of the show we were joined by Maryland Green Party Co-Chair Brian Bittner.… Read more ...
UPDATE: I screwed up last week and scheduled the show for 15 minutes, and Andy also was not on the call. This time I have made sure that we will have long enough for the show. It will be on today (Monday) at 8 PM Eastern time, and I will also try to make sure everyone is on this time.… Read more ...
The Maryland Green Party submitted 14,842 signatures and the Maryland Libertarian Party submitted 13,787 signatures towards a requirement of 10,000 valid signatures. The deadline for submitting additional signatures has been extended to March 7:
The Maryland petition deadline for a party that wishes to obtain, or regain, its qualified status is not until August 2012.
The Maryland Green Party has NOT lost its ballot line YET. We are still in the process of petitioning. We need to collect 10,000 valid signatures. We usually have a 70-80% validation rate and we are currently at 8,500 sigs.