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Maryland: Senate Democrats Defeat Verifiable Elections PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
April 11, 2006

Maryland voters will vote on paperless touchscreen voting machines again this year thanks to concerted efforts by Democratic State Senate President Mike Miller and Senator Paula Hollinger, chair of the committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs.

 

In a disappointment to election integrity activists nationwide, the Senate killed a bill that had passed unanimously in the Maryland House of Delegates that would have called for voter verified paper records and mandatory audits on thde last day of the legislative session. As sent to the Senate, the bill also included an amendment that called for implementing a paper ballot optical scan voting system for this year's elections. In addition to the unanimous support of the House of Delegates, the proposal also had the full support of Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr. (R).

 

Senator Hollinger is running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Benjamin Cardin. Senator Hollinger has ensured that it will be impossible to independently verify the results of that election results and that the votes of Maryland citizens will be counted by propreitary software provided by Diebold Election Systems.

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