Term Limits Petition To Be Challenged In Court

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Former Rockville City Councilmember Tom Moore filed a court challenge this morning to the term limits petition proposed by perennial gadfly Robin Ficker, recently approved by the county Board of Elections as Question B on the November ballot. Here’s the press release from Moore’s group, No on B:

‘No On B’ Chair Files Court Challenge to Term Limits Petition

Group Finds a Great Many Invalid Signatures, Lowering Below Number Needed

For release: Friday, September 2, 2016
Contact: Tom Moore, tom@moores.org, 301-642-2976

Rockville resident Tom Moore, chair of “No On B,” the organization formed to oppose the effort to impose term limits on Montgomery County citizens, today filed a complaint in Montgomery County Circuit Court seeking to invalidate the term limit petition filed August 8 to place this question on the ballot.

Although Robin Ficker, the sponsor of this petition, claimed to have 18,000 signatures on his term limit petitions, the Montgomery County Board of Elections said more than 5,000 were invalid. More than 1,200 were signatures of people who are not registered voters in our county, and more than 900 were duplicates.

“No On B” performed a spot check of the signatures http://no-on-b.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Complaint-Term-Limits-Petition.pdf the board said were among the 12,573 valid signatures and found that many of them are not valid. Some have no signatures at all, just printed names and addresses, and many have dates that were obviously not written by those who were claimed to have signed the petitions.

Moore claims in his complaint with the Circuit Court that the term limits petition should be declared invalid for failing to have the required 10,000 legally valid signatures, and that the proposed charter amendment should not be placed on Montgomery County’s Nov. 8, 2016 General Election ballot.

“The people of Montgomery County have the right to see that the laws concerning petitions are followed,” said Moore, “just as they have the right to vote for candidates they feel are best equipped to represent them, no matter how many times those candidates have been elected before.”

Moore served two terms on the Rockville City Council from 2011 to 2015. He placed second in the 2014 Democratic primary for the Montgomery County Council’s 3rd District seat. He is the president-elect of the Common Cause Maryland board, and serves as a senior counsel for the Federal Election Commission.

The complaint may be found here.

More detail regarding the petition challenge may be found here. 

Copies of the petitions themselves may be found at: http://no-on-b.com/petitions

The No On B website is here: http://no-on-b.com

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