ANNAPOLIS — Maryland voters in November may face as many as three questions on the ballot to overturn laws passed by the General Assembly.
Opponents of the third measure — a gerrymandered congressional district plan — are nearly halfway to reaching the signatures needed with a week to go.
It will be the first time in two decades any statewide petition drive for what is generically called a “veto referendum” has made it onto the ballot.
Delegate Neil Parrott, chairman of online petition website MDPetitions.com, said his website’s ability to quickly mobilize a statewide campaign “increases the scope” of who is able to participate in the democratic process, especially those who live in harder to reach areas. Critics say it makes it too easy to change the law.
Only one veto referendum has made it on the ballot in 20 years, and that 1992 attempt to overturn Maryland’s abortion law failed.
Two referendums to overturn laws on granting college tuition for illegal immigrants and allowing same-sex marriage are already on the ballot.