ANNAPOLIS — Miffed with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney? Had it with President Barack Obama? The Greens and Libertarians are back in business in Maryland elections.
The State Board of Elections on Monday told leaders of the Green and Libertarian parties that they had collected enough valid petition signatures to be put back on the November ballot.
The two minor parties lost their official status when they failed to get at least 1 percent of the vote for governor in the 2012 election. They had to collect another 10,000 signatures to restore them to the ballot, and both parties had come up short the last time they submitted signatures.
The parties challenged the signature validation process, but lost on appeal.
Election officials said the Greens had 11,033 valid signatures and the Libertarians, 11,133. Achieving official status means that the two parties also can nominate candidates for state and local office in 2014.