Poor Petition Penmanship OK In Maryland, Just Get Your Initials Right

Wed, Mar 23 2011 by Staff

Maryland’s Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that petition signatures cannot be disqualified solely because they are illegible. The majority opinion of the state’s highest court says,

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… An illegible signature, on its own, does not preclude validation.

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