The Maryland petition deadline for a party that wishes to obtain, or regain, its qualified status is not until August 2012. However, parties that were on the ballot in 2010 had been told that if they want their registered members to continue to be registered in those parties, the deadline for submitting that petition was January 7, 2011. In other words, if the Constitution, Green and Libertarian Parties want their registered members to continue to be registered in those parties, those parties had to rush their 2012 petition.
Now, however, Maryland elections officials have postponed that deadline to March 7, 2011. This postponement will be of most use to the Constitution Party, if it wishes to take advantage of it. The Green and Libertarian Parties had already complied with the January 7, 2011 deadline. The petition requires 10,000 valid signatures.