From John Paff:
Tonight is a historic night in Maryland. It has been 20 years since the citizens of Maryland have been able to bring legislation to a referendum. Tonight that streak ends! The message from the voters to the democratic legislators in Annapolis is clear, “Can you hear us now?”
After 47,288 signatures were validated for the month of May, the voters only needed 8,448 valid signatures in June. That number is now inevitable. As we speak Delegates Parrott and McDonough are at the Board of Elections delivering an unofficial count of 74,000 additional signatures to Maryland’s Secretary of State! The final tally is believed to fall somewhere between 132,000-134,000 total signatures submitted for validation over the two month period! The Board of Elections now has until July 20th to validate the signatures, at which time SB167 (In-state Tuition for Illegal Immigrants) will officially be suspended until the voters decide it’s fate on the November 2012 Presidential Ballot!
The referendum will face legal challenges as the ACLU and Casa de Maryland will try to suppress the will of Maryland’s voters. Annapolis, the ACLU and Casa de Maryland seem to have forgotten that we are a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” (Abraham Lincoln, 1863). Today is the first step in reminding our elected officials that they work for “We the People”!
Harford County Coordinator