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First review numbers released for petition against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

June 03, 2011

MARYLAND — The first review of petitions submitted this week opposing in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants shows a high rate of valid signatures.

A Maryland State Board of Elections summary posted Friday said 4,496 signatures were valid in the petitions reviewed so far and 612 signatures were invalid — an initial success rate of 88 percent.

At that pace, the group behind the petitions appears likely to hit its goal of placing the issue on the 2012 general election ballot and possibly overturning the new law.

The group had to submit 18,579 valid signatures from registered voters by May 31 and another 37,157 by June 30.

The group, led by Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, and Del. Patrick L. McDonough, R-Baltimore/Harford, said Wednesday that it turned in 62,496 signatures on Tuesday night, a number it also claimed on documents filed with the state.

However, in a news release Friday, the group changed that number to 58,496. Parrott couldn't immediately be reached to explain the discrepancy.

A summary the group released Friday said it collected 3,310 signatures in Washington County, a number surpassed in only four other counties.

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— Andrew Schotz

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