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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 11, 2001
George W. Murphy III, a Republican candidate for county commissioner in 1998, has switched his affiliation to the Green Party and has filed his intention to run next year on an environmental platform. "There are a tremendous number of independents in Carroll County," said Murphy, 53, an instructional assistant at Liberty High School. "If you can get them motivated, you will have a respectable showing in a crowded field." Because he is not running on the ticket of either major party, Murphy must first gather a minimum of 250 signatures by Aug. 28. Once those signatures are verified, Murphy's name would be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 5 general election.
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By T. Christian Miller and T. Christian Miller,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 13, 2003
BOGOTA, Colombia - Venezuela's highest electoral body threw out a petition yesterday signed by millions of citizens demanding the recall of President Hugo Chavez, dealing a temporary setback to efforts to oust the leader. The National Election Council declared that the 3.3 million signatures collected by opposition members last February were invalid because they were gathered before Aug. 19, the midpoint of Chavez's term, when the recall process was formally allowed to begin. The widely expected decision is almost sure to delay any recall vote, which opposition leaders had hoped would be held as soon as November.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | April 11, 2010
The apparent failure of a petition drive intended to block approval of up to 5,500 new residences in central Columbia because of signatures that were ruled invalid has underscored the effect of Maryland's strict rules governing validity and the lack of progress to ease them. Legislation that would return to a standard of "reasonable certainty" that the person signing is a legitimate registered voter instead of rules that require exact matches of every letter, including middle initials, has languished in the Maryland Senate.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | March 22, 2009
Both sides in the heated debate over the size of a grocery store in Turf Valley can agree on one thing these days: The battle looks to be on hold until another, more far-reaching question gets answered. And coming to a resolution on that issue - what constitutes a legal signature on a referendum petition in Howard County - is generating a discussion among public officials that has expanded to include consideration of voter rights. "The biggest problem associated with all of this is that it is not just a Howard County issue, it is a statewide issue," said Del. Guy Guzzone, a Democrat who presided over a meeting with members of the county's State House delegation Wednesday.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1997
The petition drive aimed at forcing the appointment of a panel to write a county charter has passed the validation process with signatures to spare.The Board of County Commissioners has until April 25 to appoint a board to write a charter. If the charter is approved in a referendum vote -- as soon as the November 1998 ballot -- Carroll's government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.The local board of elections took about eight days to review the 4,858 signatures collected during the six months that began in late September.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
Proponents of charter government took their petition drive to South Carroll Saturday, gathering 350 signatures from registered voters, which places them about a quarter of the way toward their goal of 4,000 signatures."
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
A Republican-sponsored petition drive intended to require a super-majority of County Council votes to increase taxes has failed to collect enough signatures to place the issue before voters in November. Ken Aldrich, who organized the drive for the local GOP, said his team collected about 5,000 of the 10,000 signatures required to put the measure on the ballot. Monday is the deadline for submitting the names. "We lose. We're not going to pursue it any more" this year, Aldrich said.
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 11, 2010
One of the groups organizing a petition drive with the ultimate aim of preventing slots at an Anne Arundel County mall is paying a private firm to help gather the 19,000 signatures required for a ballot referendum. The Maryland Jockey Club recently hired FieldWorks, a Washington-based group, to organize its effort for a referendum on the casino site, said Tom Chuckas, president of the Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park racetrack. Chuckas declined to say how much his group is paying FieldWorks, adding that the amount is still being determined.
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By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and NICHOLAS RICCARDI,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 31, 2006
Abortion rights advocates submitted more than 37,000 signatures yesterday supporting a ballot initiative to overturn South Dakota's ban on abortions. If the secretary of state verifies the signatures, which number more than twice the amount needed to place a measure on the ballot, South Dakota residents will decide in November whether to keep the strictest ban in the nation. The measure, which outlaws abortions even in cases of rape or incest, unless the mother's life is at stake, is to take effect July 1. Doctors who perform abortions could be fined $5,000 and imprisoned for five years.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Who exactly J.W. Hogg was to Baltimore's Washington Monument may be a question left for the ages. Master craftsman who helped build it? Or vandal who defaced it? Hogg's name, written in block letters with a pencil next to the date 1829, was among dozens of 19th-century signatures and drawings discovered this week by a restoration crew using hand tools to delicately remove loose plaster from the monument's subterranean vaults. "They could be craftsmen They could be carpenters.
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