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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:04 AM

Absentee Ballots Missing Critical Page (MD)

Note that this page didn't go to the county with the most likelihood of residents supporting same-sex marriage. Accident or not, what do you think?

With two weeks left until the election, the News4 I-Team is uncovering ballot problems in Maryland.

We got a tip from a Maryland voter who says his absentee ballot arrived in the mail missing an entire page.

That means he couldn’t vote on some of the most talked-about ballot issues, including Question 6 on same-sex marriage, Question 7 on expanded gambling and all of his local county ballot initiatives.

We spoke to multiple election officials today. The Maryland State Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Ross Goldstein confirmed that some absentee ballots in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are missing the second page.


http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Absentee-Ballots-Missing-Critical-Page-175500301.html

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Response to MountainLaurel (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

1. The corruption knows no bounds it would seem.

Not sure how any of that can be fixed - mail is out already and who knows how many people will be notified of the "error".

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:14 AM

2. So, the Democratic Governor and Secretary of State are stealing the Election for Romney?

Otherwise, please explain the "corruption".

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:15 AM

3. That's some administrative error brooklynite!

Something went terribly wrong..........

What was it exactly?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:20 AM

4. Doesn't effect the rest of the ballot - just the referendum items referenced.

I'd suggest that if this is anything other than a mistake, it's the gambling interests that would be behind it.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:50 AM

9. Are you suggesting the Governor is actually stuffing the envelopes with the ballots?

Corruption can happen a lot further down the line without approval from the Governor or Secretary of State. I would imagine it was done by a state election worker either by accident or with full intent and no matter what the intent, the deed is done and those issues will not get voted upon by those people that received those ballots. I suspect it was done deliberately, but have no evidence what so ever either way...

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:13 AM

6. "Hanlon's Razor":

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.."

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:52 PM

11. Yea - maybe, maybe not.

Too many people seem to think that marriage equality is only reserved for hetero couples and would do anything to prevent equal rights for all. Not sure about the issues with gambling.

Social issues get left off the ballots, depends on the intent of those in charge of putting the ballot packets together.

Perhaps not really considered as serious since the Presidential or down ticket candidates are included.

I just hope there's a way to correct the problem!!

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:57 PM

12. "Occulus' Law"

"Malfeasance rises geometrically where Republicans are present."

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Response to MountainLaurel (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:22 AM

5. More third world country stuff, no doubt. n/t

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Response to MountainLaurel (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:25 AM

7. I live in Montgomery County, MD and I have been shocked at all the Romney yard signs out around

where I am living. My next door neighbor put out an Obama yard sign, and I told her thank you for putting it out. She said that she ordered the yard sign in September and just got it. The county and the state of Maryland are usually a solid blue state, but all these Romney yard signs worry me. I have not seen many Obama yard signs in the neighborhood.

The area is so reliably blue that the redistricted Chris Van Hollan to another area and made our rep Bartlett, who is one of the Tea Party reps to try to unseat him. I hate these redistricting games.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:47 AM

8. Bartlett is old school republican, not Tea Party

Although he is cowed by the TP. I'm hoping that MC will give Delaney enough of an edge to unseat Ol Roscoe.

I think the redistricting is a question on the ballot, but I'm not sure if it's on page 2 or not of the MC ballot.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:45 PM

10. Not sure either

But the redistricting will be in effect for this election, if it is voted down, a new redistricting that has already been drawn up will be in effect for the next election in 2 years. But the number of Romney/Ryan signs is disturbing to me.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:37 PM

13. I also think out of state election money should be highly

illegal. Like when a state/municipality is voting on something and hoards of money and advertising come in from out of state to swing the election. To me, it's manipulative and fraudulent to have out of state money influencing local elections.

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