Sunday, August 12, 2018

Neal Simon Qualifies for Maryland Ballot as an Independent for U.S. Senate

Ballot Access News

The Maryland State Board of Elections announced on August 10 that independent candidate Neal Simon has enough valid signatures to be on the ballot for U.S. Senate. The requirement is 10,000 signatures; Simon submitted 17,000. See this story.

Simon is one of the nineteen candidates backed by Unite America (formerly the Centrist Project). He is also the first statewide independent candidate to take advantage of the 2017 liberalization of the ballot access law, which lowered the number of signatures from 1% of the registered voters (approximately 45,000 signatures) to exactly 10,000 signatures. That change was prompted by a lawsuit, Dorsey v Lamone, which received financial support from COFOE (the Coalition for Free & Equal Elections).

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