HAGERSTOWN - The Washington County Board of Elections office has verified almost two-thirds of the signatures collected in an attempt to take the city's rental registration ordinance to referendum.
Of 2,336 signatures checked by Wednesday night, 2,044 were valid, said Kay Robucci, election board deputy director.
The board was closed Friday because of the holiday.
Counting will resume Monday. The election board has until Dec. 12 to verify that signatures are those of registered voters.
On Nov. 21, the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County submitted to the city of Hagerstown a 407-page petition containing 4,297 signatures. The next day the petition was presented to the Board of Elections.
If the board confirms the petition has at least 3,400 legitimate signatures, the city cannot implement the ordinance unless the public approves it in a special election or in the next city election in March 2005.