In a post at Ballot Access News, Richard Winger points to a story by Larry Carson which offers details of the arrest of professional petitioner Andy Jacobs as he attempted to gather signatures to put the Green Party on Maryland’s ballot.
The Baltimore Sun article quotes Brian Bittner, chair of the Maryland Green Party and national party office manager, expressing frustration and dismay at Maryland’s extreme petitioning laws.
Bittner took issue with being required by state law to collect signatures, then encountering resistance from public employees. “Not only are we required to do it, but we can’t do it here” seems to be a contradictory message, he said.
-The Baltimore Sun