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Voters Rights Group Targets Delegate’s Attack on Referendum

A national voter rights group is targeting Montgomery County Democratic Delegate Eric Leudtke’s  assault on the right to petition.

National voters rights group is sending a targeted mailer to Leudtke’s legislative district to educate his constituents about the assault on their rights.

House Bill 493 is misnamed ‘The Referendum Integrity Act.’ It should accurately be called ‘The Referendum Suppression Act,’ said Citizen’s in Charge president, Paul Jacob in a statement.

Luedtke’s bill ostensibly seeks to protect the integrity of the referendum process from fraud. However, in reality, it severely restrict the rights of Maryland citizens to petition laws to referendum in the name of protecting.

“The confusing element to the Delegate’s bill is that it is not a response to unlawful activity or fraud in Maryland’s petition process – there has been none. This is an unconstitutional solution looking for a problem,” said Jacob in testimony on the bill.

Citizen’s in Charge said it would target other districts if the sponsors of  HB 493 persist.

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Click here for more Watchdog Wire Maryland coverage of the assault on the right to petition.

Mark Newgent

Mark Newgent is the editor of Watchdog Wire – Maryland, and a contributing editor to Red Maryland, the premiere blog of conservative politics in the Free State, voted one of the best state political blogs by the Washington Post two years in a row. His writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, National Review Online, and more. Contact:, Twitter: @MarkNewgent

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