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Maryland Will Return To Paper Ballots In 2016
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:20:08 PM »
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Maryland Will Return To Paper Ballots In 2016
November 20, 2013 6:48 PM

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The search is on for new machines to replace Maryland’s touch screen voting system.

Political reporter Pat Warren reports the state is moving toward a paper trail.

Maryland voters raised a ruckus in 2004 after the state moved to electronic voting machines that eliminated paper ballots and still raises suspicions.

“We want every time you vote in Maryland, you get a receipt,” said one protester.

To avoid the fear of computers eating voters, the General Assembly set 2016 as the goal for instituting a paper ballot system and now it’s time to shop.

“When we say `paper ballot,’ what do we mean?” said Linda Lamone.

It’s a complicated process to buy the machines and will take a major overhaul to get them ready in time for the next presidential election.

“Then we have to do a very extensive public outreach because the voters in Maryland have been using a very different voting system,” Lamone said. “We need to make sure people know how to vote when they go to the polls in 2016.”

How will it affect the voters’ comfort level?

“I would like a paper ballot,” said one.

“We shouldn’t go back,” said another.

The switch to paper ballots was delayed until now because of limited funding.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Maryland Will Return To Paper Ballots In 2016
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 03:21:03 PM »
every state should. One thing that is not trustworthy is electronic machines people can take in a back room, and program to give the result they want intstead of what they actually receive.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Maryland Will Return To Paper Ballots In 2016
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 06:53:35 PM »
Just means the Democrats will go back to good old fashion ballot box stuffing.
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