Sign the Petitions


How to Sign the Petition Correctly

While the process of completing and signing the petitions is very simple, the Board of Elections has very specific requirements to ensure the validity of every signature. Petitions cannot be signed electronically. 

READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE PRINTING

**Please read the instructions below carefully before printing the petitions.**

  1. There is one petition. It must be completed and signed.
  2. The petition must be printed as a two-sided (front/back) document in order to be valid and get counted. If you are unable to print double-sided documents, please complete the form below to request a petition be sent to you. We are happy to mail one to you!
  3. The petition has four boxes for four different people to complete and sign. You can return a petition page with only one box completed (by one person) – or with up to four boxes completed (by four people).
  4. The entire Circulator’s Affidavit section at the bottom of the front-side of the petition must be fully filled-out and signed & dated in order for the petition to be accepted by the Board of Elections. This is true even if you are the only person filling-in and signing & dating one of the petition’s four boxes.

Send completed petitions to:

Renew Baltimore 735 West 36th St, Baltimore MD 21211

2 Other Convenient Drop-off Locations:

Terra Nova Ventures
1817 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231

Federal Hill Mortgage
1240 Key Hwy, Baltimore MD 21230


Capping Baltimore City’s property tax rate

Request a Petition

Please complete the form below with your contact information to receive printed petition copies in the mail. If you would like to distribute petition copies to friends and neighbors, you can also use the form below to request multiple copies.

Please share your contact information. We’ll be in touch soon to follow up on your request!

Additional Information for Petition Signers and Circulators

Petition Signature Requirements (Instructions)

You must be a registered voter in Baltimore City (Click here to check your registration status.) Each registered voter signing the petition must provide the following information on the signature page (all information except the signature must be printed or typed in the appropriate space on the form):

Date of Signing

Signer’s printed full name, as it appears in voting records:

Sign your full legal name as it appears on your voter registration. All components of your name as registered (last name, first name and the initial of any middle or other name) must be included in both the printed name and signature portions of the petition entry to be valid. The printed name is not required to match the signature, but the names must be consistent. For example:

Printed Name Signed Name Acceptable or Not?
John Henry Smith John Henry Smith Acceptable
John Smith John H. Smith Acceptable
John Smith J. Henry Smith Acceptable
John Smith J. H. Smith Acceptable
J. Smith J. Smith Not Acceptable
J. Smith J. H. Smith Not Acceptable

Signer's current permanent residence address (including street, house and apartment number, city, and zip code):

A business address is insufficient, and a post office box address will be sufficient only if there is no street and house number designation for the voter's residence and only if the post office box address is on record with the election office. Residents can be registered voters even without a residence if they live and receive mail in Baltimore City. When signing a petition, you should use your voter registration address.

Date of Birth

Each registered voter is asked to include his/her date of birth on the petition. The date of birth greatly assists the local board in identifying a voter and therefore validating the voter’s signature. If a voter refuses to provide a year of birth, the circulator should request a month and day of birth at a minimum. A signature will not be invalidated merely because the date of birth is omitted.

Signature

(your name as it appears in voting records or your last name and at least one full given name and the initial of any other name; do not use nicknames).

Note: You may only sign a petition for the same referendum once. Voters may sign multiple, different petitions as they wish.

Circulator's Affidavit (required for volunteers helping
to collect petition signatures)

 Each signature page of the petition must include an affidavit, completed by a circulator who is an individual (not a business or organization), stating that:

  1. All identifying information given by the circulator is true and correct;
  2. Signatures were placed on the petition in the circulator’s presence; and
  3. Based on the circulator’s best knowledge and belief, each signature on the page is genuine and each signer is a registered voter in Baltimore City.

Notes:

  • Renew Baltimore will provide volunteers with an affidavit to include with petition packages.
  • Circulators must sign and date the affidavit but should wait until after all petition signers have signed and dated the page. Any signature on the page that is dated after the circulator’s affidavit is invalid.
  • A petition circulator must be at least 18 years old when any signature covered by the affidavit is placed on the petition. Maryland law does not require the petition circulator to be a registered voter or a Maryland resident.