Although my local blogging brethern HoCo Rising and 53 Beers on Tap have already proclaimed a first round victory for the TAG petition effort, I think I’ll take a more cautious approach. According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun, “Taxpayers Against Giveaways, turned in 3,510 signatures, spokesman Russell Swatek said, far more than the 2,500 required. They now have until April 30 to pass the 5,000 mark, which is Howard County's threshold for petitioning a County Council zoning vote to referendum.”
Not so fast. Those signatures will need to be validated by the Howard County Board of Elections first.
I think it is a fair assumption to say that not all of these signatures will be found to be valid. I am a bit suspicious since they were short ten days ago but somehow managed to exceed the goal by 40%.
This eleventh hour triumph just doesn’t smell right.