Ehrlich would end electronic voting
Special session weighed, but major overhaul probably not feasible; elections administrator grilled over failure of machines in primaries
By Melissa Harris
Originally published September 21, 2006
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wants to scrap the electronic voter check-in system that crashed repeatedly during its debut in last week’s primary and is considering whether to summon the General Assembly to Annapolis before the Nov. 7 election to do so.
“We literally cannot afford to see take place the events that took place on primary day,” Ehrlich said yesterday during a meeting of the state Board of Public Works, where he grilled Linda H. Lamone, Maryland’s embattled elections chief, over voting problems. “We were lucky during the primary that there was low turnout.”
A spokesman for the governor said later that Ehrlich would like to replace the check-in machines, known as e-poll books, and also possibly use paper ballots that are counted by optical scanning equipment instead of the state’s electronic touch-screen voting machines.