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Bill would make electioneering rules consistent across polling places

March 07, 2013

ANNAPOLIS — A bill introduced by Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, that would allow campaigning and campaign signs on the premises of a public building up to a specified boundary received a favorable vote from the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

The bill, which was cross-filed in the Senate by Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, also received a favorable vote from a Senate committee.

“I noticed during early voting that there was a lot of inconsistency across polling places when it came to signs and electioneering ... it almost seemed different for each facility,” Parrott said.

The bill was an attempt to have a uniform rule across jurisdictions, Parrott said.

The bill also seeks to prohibit a polling place from being located in a private building unless the owner agrees to electioneering within a specified boundary.

— Kaustuv Basu

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