Maryland Senator Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) has introduced SB 445. It would require all petition circulators to look at a “current and valid photo ID that includes Date of Birth” for any potential signer, before letting that person sign the petition. It also requires the signers to show their ID to the circulator.
The bill has a hearing on February 26, Thursday, at 1 p.m., in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
People who have petitioned know that speed is essential. Requiring every potential signer to first show an ID would slow down the process, and also would make it impossible for some people to sign the petition, since not everyone always has ID handy. For example, people lying on a beach frequently have their wallets and purses locked away somewhere.