It’s Official: Maryland Has a New Political Party

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) last month certified the Working Class Party as an officially recognized political party. SBE now recognizes four political parties: the Bread and Roses Party, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the Working Class Party.

The Americans Elect Party, the Constitution Party of Maryland, the Green Party, the Independent Party of Maryland, the Libertarian Party, the Populist Party, and the Reform Party no longer are recognized as political parties by SBE.

According to Maryland Matters:

The party was certified by the State Board of Elections in March, after submitting more than 10,000 valid petition signatures to the state elections office. However, a founding convention to establish party bylaws and a platform, among other organizational tasks, is on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, said David Harding, who was the chairman of the petition effort.

In general, Harding said the leftist party presses for better pay and better jobs, infrastructure to support workers, and adequate health care.

To form a political party in Maryland, a group of voters must file a valid petition in a timely manner with the SBE. To retain party status, however, either the party’s candidate must poll 1% of the entire vote in the next general election, or at least 1% of the State’s registered voters must be affiliated with the party by year’s end (Code Election Law Article, sec. 4-103). If neither of these criteria is met, then the party must requalify with the SBE by petition.

Provisions for recognition of political parties by the SBE are established by law. They are found in the Annotated Code of Maryland (Code Election Law Article, secs. 4-101 through 4-103).

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