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.)

Comments (4)
  1. ch says:

    Why is there a big concern about letting the voters in maryland vote on this matter? This is an important topic that should be decided by the voters not a few folks with an agenda.

  2. Greg says:

    Just when I got some respect for the ACLU, they have to do this. The whole issue is insane. They are in the country illegally, and now they expect to get benefits that others don’t. A kid from New Jersey can’t get in-state tuition but a person who’s never paid a dime of taxes in his life can get it?

    Even if you want to skip the illegal issue, in-state tuition is based on paying taxes. If you don’t pay in, you shouldn’t get anything out.

    ACLU, leave these people’s right to petition the government alone.

  3. Billiam says:

    The ACLU is a sham – I wonder why they are investingating? I’m sure they aren’t doing it because they have nothing else to do – someone as asked them to “look” into it. That’s all it is – plain and simple – it’s a maneuver and nothing else.

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