341 US 56 Gerende v. Board of Sup'rs of Elections of Baltimore City
341 U.S. 56
71 S.Ct. 565
95 L.Ed. 745
BOARD OF SUP'RS OF ELECTIONS OF BALTIMORE CITY.
Argued April 9, 1951.
Decided April 12, 1951.
Rehearing Denied April 30, 1951.
See 341 U.S. 923, 71 S.Ct. 741.
Messrs. William H. Murphy, I. Duke Avnet, Baltimore, Md., for appellant.
Messrs. Hall Hammond, J. Edgar Harvey, Baltimore, Md., for appellee.
This is an appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeals of the State of Maryland the effect of which is to deny the appellant a place on the ballot for a municipal election in the City of Baltimore on the ground that she has refused to file an affidavit required by state law. Md. Laws 1949, c. 86, § 15, 78 A.2d 660. The scope of the State law was passed on in Shub v. Simpson, Md., 76 A.2d 332. We read this decision to hold that to obtain a place on a Maryland ballot a candidate need only make oath that he is not a person who is engaged 'in one way or another in the attempt to overthrow the government by force or violence,' and that he is not knowingly a member of an organization engaged in such an attempt. 76 A.2d at 338. At the bar of this Court the Attorney General of the State of Maryland declared that he would advise the proper authorities to accept an affidavit in these terms as satisfying in full the statutory requirement. Under these circumstances and with this understanding, the judgment of the Maryland Court of Appeals is affirmed.
Mr. Justice REED concurs in the result.