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Attorney lays out legal options on rental registration plan

January 08, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown City Attorney William Nairn Tuesday gave the Hagerstown City Council a summary of legal actions in Washington County Circuit Court related to an attempt to take to referendum the city's planned rental registration ordinance.

Both the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County, which made the referendum attempt that was 39 signatures short of qualifying for referendum, and the City of Hagerstown filed legal actions in December.

The city has asked the court in a complaint seeking declaratory judgment to prevent petitioners in future elections from being within 100 feet of voters at polling places, as the association was during the Nov. 5 general election.

The association, represented by attorney Ed Kuczynski, has filed a petition for judicial review, which asks the court to determine whether the number of signatures counted was correct.

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The association's hope is that a judge will conclude the petition contained enough valid signatures to place the matter on the ballot, Association President Allan Johnson has said.

Nairn on Tuesday said not only will the city fight any attempt to increase the number of valid signatures but it will ask the court to rule invalid any signatures collected at polling places on Election Day.

Johnson said the association collected about 1,000 signatures on Election Day.

The association has denied any wrongdoing, saying it had been given permission from a Washington County Election Board official.

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