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Overturning the Death Penalty Repeal in Maryland

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

A new petition has been started to overturn Maryland’s death penalty repeal which was just signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley last week. The petition is to put a referendum on the ballot for the 2014 General Election.

The new petition from is lead by Maryland Delegate Neil Parrot. In his email to previous petition subscribers he stated:

“We are going to work very hard to allow the people of Maryland to decide whether or not the Death Penalty should be available in Maryland if, heaven forbid, something as atrocious as the Boston Marathon Bombing were to occur at the Raven’s stadium or Camden Yards.”

Prior to the signing of the death penalty repeal by Governor O’Malley, only premeditated, 1st degree murder was a capital offense. Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, 5 convicted murderers have been executed by the State of Maryland, with the last two coming under Governor Ehrlich in 2004 and 2005.

You may remember the “DC Sniper” from October of 2002, who killed 10 people and critically injured three others in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. In that case, John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death in Virginia. John Lee Malvo was 17 at the time of the shooting and the Supreme Court ruled that the Eighth Amendment prohibits execution for minors.

Turning Maryland is urging you to sign the new petition from to overturn the Death Penalty Repeal. You can learn more and sign the petition now at is asking for volunteers to help obtain the required number of signatures.

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, “The petition must be signed by registered voters equal in number to 3% of the votes cast for Governor in the preceding Gubernatorial General Election. For statewide referendum petitions filed in 2013 through 2014, that number is 55,736. Not more than half the required signatures may be from any one county or Baltimore City.”

Upcoming Deadlines:
May 31: 18,579 Signatures Required (1/3 of the required 55,736)
June 30: 55,736 Signatures Required (including the 1/3 turned in by May 31)

The state is recommending that the petition be signed by at least 20-30% more voters than the number required, since a substantial number of signatures are usually ruled invalid. In’s analysis of the previous three petitions in Maryland, about 11-17.5% were rejected. Of those rejected about two-third were rejected for invalid signatures, and the remaining one-third because the signers were not registered voters of the county they signed the form for.

Voters registered with a middle name, must sign with either their first or middle name written out, in addition to their last name. Also individuals cannot register to vote at the same time as sign the petition. Individuals must receive a voter notification card in the mail before signing a petition.


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U.S. Senate

Barbara Mikulski (D) is retiring.

Top (D) Candidates
Donna Edwards
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All 8 House Seats are up for election.

Current Representatives
1st - Andy Harris (R)

2nd - Dutch Reppersberger (D)

3rd - John Sarbanes (D)
Top candidates Dr. Mark Plaster (R).

4th - Donna Edwards (D) - running for Senate
Top candidates Anthony Brown (D), Glenn Ivey (D), George McDermott (?)

5th - Steny Hoyer (D)

6th - John Delaney (D) - may run for Senate
Top (R) candidates David Vogt (R), Kathy Afzali (R), Neil Parrott (R), Mike McKay (R).

7th - Elijah Cummings (D) - may run for Senate
Top candidates Calvin Ball (D), Corrogan Vaughn (R).

8th - Chris Van Hollen (D) - running for Senate
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