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STATEMENT OF THE CASE
On May 1, 2013, Plaintiff, Brian Charles Vaeth, a lawful person and an inhabitant of the State of Maryland and Duane Gerald Davis Sr., filed the required forms to register their candidacies for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland respectively. This registration was completed and filed in
person at the State Board of Election’s
Main Office, 151 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. The forms consisted of a Statement of Organization for Campaign Finance Entities, Candidate Information Sheet, and a Certificate of Candidacy. On March 18, 2014, approximately 10 months later, plaintiff was informed by Mr. Jared Demarinis, of the State Board of Elections that both his name and that of the candidate for Lt. Governor, Mr. Duane Gerald Davis were being disqualified and removed from the ballot for a voter registration violation associated with Article II, § 5 of the Maryland Constitution.
“A person to be eligible for the office of
Governor or Lieutenant Governor must have attained the age of thirty years, and must have been a resident and registered voter of the State for five years next immediately preceding his
(amended by Chapter 532, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970).
After performing an appropriate amount of due diligence, wherein plaintiff utilized the Maryland State Board of Electi
on’s guidelines for qualified candidates, as published on that agency’s website and
the Maryland Annotated Code regarding the State Election Law Article, plaintiff had a reasonable right to expect that he and the candidate for Lt. Governor were qualified to file their Certificate of Candidacy for Governor and Lt. Governor for Maryland. Maryland Election Law