From John Paff:
Today, June 22nd, the Maryland Board of Elections certified the first phase of signatures collected in support of a referendum on “In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants”. Out of the 57,505 signatures collected, 47,288 were validated. Leaving 8,448 signatures to be collected during the second phase which ends June 30th.
I am proud to report that during Phase II, we have already collected tens of thousands of signatures. However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is preparing legal action to silence the voice of Maryland voters. Also, Casa de Maryland has informed the Board of Elections that they will be reviewing and challenging ballots they deem questionable.
For these two reasons, from now until June 28th there will be a statewide “Last Chance to Sign” event to collect signatures for the referendum. By collecting thousands of signatures above the required 55,736, we will send a very clear message to Casa de Maryland, the ACLU and the elected officials who have ignored the people of Maryland.
Saturday June 25th, there will be petitioners at every MVA location across the state of Maryland. In Harford County there will be several opportunities to sign the petition over the next week.
Here are some of the scheduled locations:
Friday June 24,2011
Lowes Cruise Night
414 Constant Friendship Blvd.
Abingdon, MD 21009
Saturday June 25, 2011
Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA)
501 West MacPhail Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
Route 1 and Route 924
Near the County Office Building
Bel Air Farmers Market
2 S. Bond St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
Across from Aberdeen Walmart
Monday June 27, 2011
Hatem Bridge Toll hearing
Havre de Grace Activity Center
351 Lewis ln.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Harford County has collected the third most signatures in Maryland! I owe our volunteers a great deal of gratitude for their weeks of tireless work. As the finish line quickly approaches, can you help us finish strong? Stop by one of our events to sign the petition or visit MDPetitions.com. If you have any questions or petitions that need to be collected please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harford County Coordinator
Additional talking points provided by the office of Del. Pat McDonough:
– Election Board certifies huge Phase I victory for In-State Tuition Petition Campaign
– 18,000 signatures were needed. 47,288 signatures were validated by the board.
– Board confirms at least 8,448 additional valid signatures are needed no later than June 30th, 2011. Tens of thousands of signatures have already been collected for Phase II.
– Delegate McDonough and Del. Parrott, leaders of the petition campaign, maintained that the passion of the voters against Senate Bill 167 has been the driving force.
– Pat McDonough and Neil Parrott also credit the three prong strategy of using the internet, grassroots volunteers, and the non-internet access for signatures program using telephone banks and direct mail.
– Petition campaign may be the most successful in Maryland’s history.
– General non-partisan support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents indicates broad-based voter turnout in the 2012 General Election favoring the defeat of the so-called “Dream Act.”
– Delegate McDonough stated, “This is a great victory for the people against the liberal political machine that supports illegal immigrants in Maryland. This successful effort provides confidence to the people and will require politicians to think twice when they pass unpopular and extreme legislation.”