Monday, August 28, 2006

Lost Vote?

I received an email on Friday from a gentleman who is in an interesting situation. You see, this guy requested an absentee ballot. He received it from the Board of Elections, marked his choices and cast his votes - including a vote for Tom Perez in the Attorney General's race. This all happened before the court ruling that removed Perez from the ballot.

So, the question is, what happens to his vote? Is it simply lost or discarded? Is he able to re-vote? I've got a call in to the elections folks to see what the deal is, since I imagine this will not be the only such ballot. Stay tuned....

Crossposted on Political Yak.
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Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

The Board of Elections hasn't made a decision yet. They will either discard all Perez votes (which certainly seems like disenfranchisement) or allow them to recast a ballot (which seems like an unfair campaign).

Even more interesting is a card we received in the mail last week from Baltimore City government informing us that we can utilize early voting this year. Now what happens to those voters who accept this misinformation as fact? Someone who arranges their schedule under the assumption that they can vote early and then, when the polling place doesn't exist on September 11, has no opportunity to vote?

The League believes spreading this misinformation was an irresponsible and possibly illegal move that could disenfranchise Baltimoreans. Someone should file a lawsuit.

8/28/2006 02:40:00 AM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

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8/28/2006 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

Baltimore Sun update on problem

8/28/2006 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The early voting mailings went out in MoCo too.

8/30/2006 10:01:00 AM  

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