The Court of Special Appeals in Maryland affirmed a decision by the Howard County Board of Elections superintendent to deny a planned referendum by a grassroots group. The group, Citizens Working to Fix Howard County, was hoping to put certain zoning changes passed by the county council up for a public vote in November.
While the group received more than the 5,390 signatures required to put a measure on the ballot, the court affirmed that the petition was misleading and inaccurate. It cited two items on the petition that were not part of the comprehensive zoning bill that had been passed by the Howard County Council. It also cited language claiming that Maple Lawn had been rezoned for higher intensity use as misleading.