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Parrott Appeal Brief FILED

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IN THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS OF MARYLAND
September Term, 2012__________________________No. 01445_________________________NEIL C. PARROTT,
et al.Plaintiffs-Appellants
,v.JOHN MCDONOUGH
etc.,
 
et al
.,
 Defendants-Appellees.
_________
BRIEF OF APPELLANTS
_________
Trial Court 
:
 Neil C. Parrott, et al. v. John McDonough, et al.
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Case No. 02-C-12-172298The Honorable Ronald A. SilkworthPaul J. OrfanedesChris FedeliJ
UDICIAL
W
ATCH
,
 
I
NC
.425 Third Street, S.W., Ste. 800Washington, DC 20024Tel: (202) 646-5172Fax: (202) 646-5199Email: porfanedes@judicialwatch.orgcfedeli@judicialwatch.org
 Attorneys for Appellants Neil C. Parrott and MDPetitions.com
 Dated: March 19, 2013
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
 TABLE OF CONTENTS ..................................................................................................... iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ............................................................................................... iiINTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 1STATEMENT OF THE CASE ........................................................................................... 2STATEMENT OF THE QUESTION PRESENTED .......................................................... 4FACTUAL BACKGROUND ............................................................................................. 4STANDARD OF REVIEW ................................................................................................. 9ARGUMENT ....................................................................................................................... 9I. The Ballot Language was Misleading and Insufficient as a Matter of Law
........10
II. The Illegal Ballot Language Delegitimized the Vote on Question 5 andMust Be Remedied ........................................................................................... 16CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................. 24CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE ................................................................................ 25CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE .......................................................................................... 26APPENDIX ................................................................................................................... - 1 -
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
 
Cases Page
 Anne Arundel County v. McDonough
, 277 Md. 271 (1976) ... 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23
 
Citizens Against Slots v. PPE Casino Resorts
, 429 Md. 176 (2012) ................................ 22
 Doe v. Montgomery County Board of Elections
, 406 Md. 697 (2008) ............................... 9
Fletcher v. Lamone
, 831 F. Supp. 2d 887 (D. Md. 2011) ........................................... 1, 3, 5
Green Party v. Maryland Board of Elections
, 377 Md. 127 (2003) ........................... 22, 23
Kelly v. Vote kNOw Coalition of Maryland Inc.
, 331 Md. 164 (1993) ................. 10, 13, 17
 Morris v. Governor of Maryland 
, 263 Md. 20 (1971) ...................................................... 23
 Ross v. State Bd. of Elections
, 387 Md. 649 (2005) ............................................................ 9
Surratt v. Prince George’s County
, 320 Md. 439 (1990) ........................... 10-12, 14-17, 22
Seussman v. Lamone
, 383 Md. 697 (2004) ....................................................................... 21
 Vieth v. Jubelirer 
, 541 U.S. 267 (2004) ............................................................................ 18
 Wesberry v. Sanders
, 376 U.S. 1 (1964) .......................................................................... 21
Maryland Constitutional Provisions, Statutes, Rules, and Regulations
 Md. Const., art. XVI, § 5 ............................................................................................... 2, 23Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 12-301...................................................................... 22Md. Code Ann., Elec. Law § 7-103 ................................................................................... 21Md. Code Ann., Elec. Law § 9-203 ................................................................... 2, 11, 15, 22Md. Code Ann., Elec. Law § 9-209 ................................................................... 2, 13, 21, 22

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