From an article by Julie Bykowicz and Larry Carson in the Baltimore Sun newspaper:
In a ruling sure to be welcomed by Marylanders with sloppy pensmanship, the Court of Appeals has decided that petition signatures need not be legible to be valid.
“We hold that a signature on a petition for referendum is but one component of the voter’s identity that is to be considered in the validation process,” the majority opinion of state’s highest court says. “… An illegible signature, on its own, does not preclude validation.”
The 5-to-2 ruling, reported this morning, has an immediate impact on two political parties. The Green Party and Libertarian Party each failed to win the minimum 1 percent of votes in the most recent gubernatorial election required of official parties. Each has petitioned the state to remain viable.