Challenging Slot Machine Ballot

Irwin R Kramer

Case Conclusion Date:September 15, 2008

Practice Area:Constitutional

Outcome:Ballot Language Modified

Description:Representing citizens concerned about deceptive language in a ballot question authorizing slot machines, Irwin R. Kramer took the State of Maryland to court and forced officials to change the wording. Although the Circuit Court agreed that the ballot language drafted by the Secretary of State was misleading, the three-judge panel only ordered the insertion of one word in an effort to cure this defect. The Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling and the measure was ultimately approved by voters in the November 2008 General Election.