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Petition - Introduction

2014 Statewide Referendum Petition Filing

An act of the General Assembly can be placed on the 2014 General Election ballot by the submission of petitions containing at least 55,736 signatures of Maryland registered voters.

Timeline:

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Deadline for requesting advance determination of sufficiency of referendum petition format.
  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Deadline for filing one-third of the required number of signatures (18,579) with the Secretary of State.
  • Friday, June 20, 2014 - Deadline to verify and count the signatures on the referendum petition.
  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Deadline to certify the results of the first submission of the required signatures.
  • Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Deadline for filing the balance of the required number of signatures (37,157) with the Secretary of State.
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 - Deadline to verify and count the signatures on the referendum petition.
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Deadline to certify the results of the full referendum petition verification.

Referendum Petitions

Special Session 2011 - Senate Bill 1 - Chapter 1
2012 Congressional Districting Plan
May 31st, 2012 - 1st Filing

Verification Status by County for the May 31, 2012 Filing as of June 21, 2012

Special Session 2011 - Senate Bill 1 - Chapter 1
2012 Congressional Districting Plan
June 30th, 2012 - 2nd Filing

Verification Status by County for the June 30, 2012 Filing as of July 16, 2012

Letter to the petition sponsor regarding the sufficiency of signatures - Dated July 20, 2012

Session 2012 - House Bill 438 - Chapter Number 2
Civil Marriage Protection Act
May 31st, 2012 - 1st Filing

Letter to the petition sponsor regarding the sufficiency of signatures - Dated July 10, 2012

Verification Status by County for the May 31, 2012 Filing as of June 21, 2012

2011 Petition Filings

Referendum Petitions

Senate Bill 167 - Chapter Number 191
Public Institution of Higher Education - Tuition Rates - Exemption (Dream Act)
May 31st, 2011 - 1st Filing

Letter to the petition sponsor regarding the May 31st submission of signatures - Dated June 22, 2011

Verification Status by County for the May 31, 2011 Filing

Verification Status Summary for the May 31, 2011 Filing

Senate Bill 167 - Chapter Number 191
Public Institution of Higher Education - Tuition Rates - Exemption (Dream Act)
June 30th, 2011 - 2nd Filing

Letter to the petition sponsor regarding the June 30th submission of signatures

Verification Status Summary for the June 30, 2011 Filing

Petition Summary Page - June 30, 2011 Filing

Verification Status by County for the May 31, 2011 Filing and June 30, 2011 Filing

Additional Information

Maryland law grants the citizens of Maryland certain petition rights. These rights include:

  • the ability to bring an Act of the General Assembly to a referendum vote;
  • the ability to establish new political parties; and,
  • the ability to nominate unaffiliated candidates to the ballot.

From this site you can print the official petition signature gathering forms as well as other documents required to complete a petition. To assist you through the petition process, we offer three sections of questions and answers: Petition Signature Gathering, Petition Verification, and Petition Fund and Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements.

For more information on petitions, please see the Code for Maryland Regulations (COMAR).