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‘Glitch’ In Maryland Will Affect 19,000 Voters On Tuesday

‘Glitch’ In Maryland Will Affect 19,000 Voters On Tuesday

When Maryland voters head to the polls on Tuesday for the state’s primary they may be forced to fill out a provisional ballot. A “glitch” caused by the state’s Motor Vehicle Administration caused a failure to upload voter information to the State Board of Elections, according to a report from The Washington Post.
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Officials say a “programming glitch” will affect nearly 18,700 individuals who updated their addresses using the MVA’s website or any of its self-service kiosks from April 22, 2017, through June 5, 2018.

“We are deeply sorry about what happened and we’re dedicated to fixing it and making sure it doesn’t occur going forward,” MVA Administrator Christine Nizer said in a statement issued on Sunday. “We’re going to put additional measures in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

After Republican Governor Larry Hogan issued a statement in which he said his administration takes voting “extremely seriously” a state Senate committee hearing was issued and immediately drew criticism from Democrats and voter advocates.

There is some hope for voters in the state. If you have changed your address you can visit your new polling place and ask for a “provisional ballot” to cast your vote.

The Baltimore Sun notes that it’s still too early to tell if the glitch was “initiated by the Maryland State Board of Elections — an independent agency — or by the Motor Vehicle Administration, which is overseen by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.”

Critics are complaining that it’s suspect for such a glitch, which was ongoing for more than a year, to be discovered just three days before Maryland’s primary elections.

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“This is not a simple administrative oversight or clerical error,” Conway, chairwoman of the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “It is an action by the Hogan administration which will confuse voters, suppress turnout, and disenfranchise thousands of Marylanders.”

If you are a voter in Maryland an email (if on file) will be sent with further information. You can also check your registration information on the SBE’s website.

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