ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Libertarian Party of Maryland and the Maryland Green Party are suing the state elections board to be recognized as parties in Maryland, after their nominees failed to get the required 1 percent of votes cast last November in the governor’s race.

The lawsuit was filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court this week.

Because the parties’ nominees for governor did not receive 1 percent of the vote in the November elections, the parties were required to submit the signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters. The Maryland State Board of Elections found that the parties did not have enough valid signatures to meet the standard.

The parties have filed a lawsuit to seek validation of thousands of signatures they submitted in support of statewide ballot access.

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


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