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Activists ask Montgomery court to revive rejected referendums

A Republican activist pushing for term limits and a group opposed to a recently approved ambulance fee separately appealed to a Montgomery County court Tuesday to reverse electoral board decisions that would keep their referendums off the November ballot.

Montgomery's Board of Elections recently rejected most of the petition signatures gathered by GOP activist Robin Ficker and the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and disqualified their bids to have voters take up the issues of term limits and a new medical transport fee.

"Based on Mr. Ficker's past success in circulating petitions that satisfied the signature requirements of the election law, petitioner is confident that many, if not most, of the signatures rejected as invalid were legitimate signatures of individuals registered to vote in Montgomery County," according to Ficker's suit.

By Michael Laris  |  August 31, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
 | Tags: Montgomery County  
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Applications for absentee ballots, absentee ballots themselves and voter cards at the polls are must all be signed by voters. If the voter card at the polls is not signed, then the voter is given a provisional ballot which be signed. None of the aforegoing signatures is checked at all because of possible fraud. The check of petition signatures is not to prevent fraud, but, rather, simply to disallow voters to seek peaceful change in government. The lack of check of other signatures demonstrates the absurdity of the petition checking standards.

Posted by: robinficker | August 31, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Term limits are the establishment's and the entrenched politician's absolute worst nightmare. So, good luck with this one.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | August 31, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Go Ficker, restore Democracy in Montgomery County. This whole signature thing was all about stopping you. The Democrats who are the monopoly power in MOCO fear that the people will use referrendums to force spending cuts and limits on political power.

Posted by: VikingRider | August 31, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

As I watch the incumbent clowns campaigning at the Metro every morning, I'm reminded that we really do need some fresh blood, regardless of party.

Posted by: island1 | September 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Will the corruption ever stop? These idiots in Montgomery County will allow illegal Aliens to vote without checking ID. They even pay CASA de MD to sign up illegals to vote for them. Yet, something that will help the legal citizens they are going to throw out.

Posted by: Enforceourlaws | September 1, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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