Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Election Fiasco in Montgomery

The Montgomery County Board of Elections failed to deliver the cards needed to activate the County's electronic voting machines. As a result, the polls were not able to open on time throughout the County. Some voters were able to cast provisional paper ballots. However, polling places had a limited supply. I was handing out campaign literature at Rollingwood School and they ran out eventually. In any case, few voters showed up for the traditional pre-work rush to the polls at this normally very busy precinct because of news reports of the problem.

Find out more of the gory details and which candidates might be affected by the low turnout on Maryland Politics Watch.


Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

Beyond fiasco - this is a goddamn disaster. Largest jurisdiction in the state, by far the largest number of registered voters in the state and at least three hotly contested state-wide primaries (Senate, AG, Comptroller.)

It's one thing to do a "do-over" for a town council, but this is likely to require an entire state-wide revote.

Quote from Markos Moulitsas: "I can't believe people trust elections to a machine which uses the Windows operating system."

9/12/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger zenbowl said...

I only hope that no one uses this as an excuse to go Lieberman on a race.

9/12/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger andy k in MD said...

Me too zenbowl. For some reason I don't see Lichtman or Rales being too happy with a loss. Also, if Schaeffer loses, he could flip as well.

9/12/2006 03:34:00 PM  

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