Maryland Signature Requirements

Signature Requirements:

  • Referenda: Statewide Referenda: 3% of the votes cast in the last election Gubernatorial election.
  • Local Referenda: 10% of the votes cast in the last election Gubernatorial election.
  • Nominations: Partisan Candidates, Greens and Libertarians – U.S. Senate. $290 filing fee – U.S. Congress – $100 filing fee – State House or Legislature $50 filing fee. Write In Candidates submit certificate of candidacy.
  • Referenda Deadline: The first deadline for 2/3rds of the signatures on a referendum petition is 40 days after a controversial law goes into effect.
  • Charter Amendments: 20% or 10,000 voters signatures. Available in only select areas.
  • Charter Amendments Deadline: NO TIME LIMIT FOR COLLECTING SIGNATURES!

Article XI Section 4 provides Maryland citizens the right to home rule charter amendments by Initiative process. 

Maryland Code Article 25 A 8 provides Maryland citizens the right to Referenda.

Charter Amendment Cities: Allegany, Caroline, Charles, Kent, Queen Anns, Worcester Counties: Anne Arundle, Baltimore, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot, Wicomico

The following three websites provide the most current information about your state’s ballot proposal news.

Maryland at Ballotpedia

Maryland at Citizens in Charge

Maryland at Recall the Rogues