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Md. ACLU Questions Immigrant Tuition Foes’ Process

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) —  A Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is questioning the legality of an online petition seeking a statewide referendum on in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The ACLU of Maryland said Friday it has asked the Board of Elections to scrutinize the signature-collection process for vulnerability to fraud.

The group says the website MDPetitions.com enables a user who knows someone’s name, zip code and birthdate to submit a signature on that person’s behalf without their knowledge.

The elections board says it is consulting with the state Attorney General’s Office. The board has already validated more than 41,000 of the 56,000 signatures opponents of the new law must submit by June 30 to get it on the ballot next year.

The petition drive’s leader says the process is sound.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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