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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1998
The brother-sister political team of Del. Clarence M. Mitchell IV and Lisa Mitchell opened their campaign office in downtown Baltimore last night. There was only one problem: Lisa Mitchell may not be on the ballot in her race for state delegate.Clarence Mitchell, 36, a Democrat from the 44th District, is seeking to move from the House of Delegates to the state Senate seat vacated in January by expelled state Sen. Larry Young.Lisa Mitchell, 35, is one of several candidates vying for three House of Delegates seats from the same district.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
With days to go before Carroll County's general election ballots must go to print, a judge yesterday denied a last-ditch effort by the Green Party to run a candidate for commissioner. Carroll Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway said he sympathized with the Green Party's effort to show that elections officials wrongly tossed out signatures from a petition to place its candidate on the Nov. 5 ballot. But because the injunction was filed Monday - and the deadline for submitting ballots for printing is four days off - he said he did not have time to review the signatures in question.
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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 Jamie Smith Hopkins and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
The Maryland homeowners were simply trying — desperately — to save their houses from foreclosure. But this handful of borrowers inadvertently helped uncover problems in hundreds of cases across the state, prompting emergency action by the courts. Homeowner Gerald Lembach's troubles began with a disastrous refinancing. The Army civilian retiree needed cash to finish an addition on his modest rancher-style home in Pasadena, which he and his wife bought 23 years ago. But he says the monthly cost for the new loan was much higher than what he expected.
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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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