ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Tuesday, challenging one of the Republican Party’s biggest successes in years.
The Democrats want to overturn the GOP’s petition drive to put the Democrats’ congressional redistricting map on the November ballot.
The drive’s success was partially due to an online process that completed much of the information required on petitions. MdPetitions.com was developed initially to petition to referendum Maryland’s DREAM Act, which would give in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants under certain circumstances. That petition was successful last year, as was the petition drive to put the new same-sex marriage law on the ballot.
All three issues are set to appear on the November ballot. This is the first time in 20 years any law has been placed on the ballot.
If voters reject all or any one of the new laws, Republicans will regain some of the policy clout they lack at the State House.