Robert Ehrlich, the reactionary Republican Governor of Maryland, has been squabbling with the Democratic-controlled legislature about whether to allow early voting. (The Republican apparat consistently opposes all efforts to improve voter turnout, as part of a broader attempt to make the United States less unpopular with those who hate us for our freedom.)
The legislature passed an early-voting bill. The Governor vetoed it, mumbling, as Republicans afraid of high turnouts usually do, about “fraud.” The Governor then ginned up a petition campaign to put the law on the ballot, thus preventing it from taking effect this year, when Erlich himself is up for re-election.
The Gov’s friends submitted 21,000 signatures by the May 30 deadline. They needed 17,000 by that date (a third of the 51,000 needed to finally put the law on the ballot). But something more than 4,000 of those signatures were invalid.
Naturally, the Governor’s buddies are claiming that the disallowance of the fraudulent signatures on their fraudulent petition to avoid purely hypothetical fraudulent voting was … fraudulent.
I hope that’s clear.