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The Free State Speaks

dukebluedevil Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 12:15 PM
I think it's a great idea to let anyone who says they are a citizen and they are of age just go ahead and vote. Doesn't matter if they are lying or not. Don't ask them to back up their assertions. Don't ask them if they have already voted. Just let them vote. After all, it's a right. Isn't that what most polling places are already doing?

Last week, I sat through four excruciating hours of legislative hearings before the Ways and Means Committee of Maryland’s House of Delegates. I was waiting to testify on behalf of Citizens in Charge against House Bill 493.

For the 20 years before last November, not a single citizen-initiated referendum made it to the Maryland ballot. Why? The state boasts the country’s most draconian rules for verifying petition signatures. An attorney running his own petition effort had his signature disallowed because he did not sign one of his two middle names or write...