CCD Files Emergency Action for Petitioning Relief in Maryland
CCD has filed an emergency action in the federal district court for the District of Maryland to obtain relief from Maryland's requirement that "new" political parties file nomination petitions with 10,000 voter signatures to become ballot-qualified. The Plaintiffs, the Maryland Green Party and Libertarian Party of Maryland, allege that the COVID-19 pandemic and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's ensuing executive orders have made petitioning unlawful and practically impossible in the state of Maryland. They seek an order that requires the State Administrator of Elections, Linda Lamone, to grant them ballot access for the 2020 general election provided they submit nomination petitions with 1,000 voter signatures by the statutory deadline of August 3rd. Both parties had already collected more than 1,000 signatures prior to the governor's Stay-At-Home order. Read more in the Maryland Green Party's press release or on Ballot Access News, Maryland Matters, and the Maryland Association of Counties.
Case number: 1:20-cv-01253-ELH