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Maryland Ballot Errors Raise Fears Over Question 6

Jim Burroway

October 25th, 2012

The early voting ballots have been mailed out, and Question 6, which would allow same-sex couples to marry, is missing on some of those ballots:

Some absentee voters in Maryland have reported that when they received their ballots, the second page was missing, meaning those voters did not have an opportunity to vote on Question 6, a measure that, if approved, would ratify the Civil Marriage Protection Act passed earlier in the year.

…The faulty absentee ballots were first reported by NBC 4 in Washington and were confirmed by Maryland State Board of Elections deputy administrator Ross Goldstein, who told the station that some of the incomplete absentee ballots were in vote-rich Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are northern Washington, D.C. suburbs where support for marriage equality is expected to be relatively strong.

This fiasco follows earlier reports that Spanish language versions of the ballot includes a mistranslated word in Question 6′s explanation which might cause confused voters to believe that voting “no” will allow same-sex marriage.

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Manheart
October 25th, 2012 | LINK

I”m not usually the paranoid type but this DOES raise my suspicions.

TampaZeke
October 25th, 2012 | LINK

Why do these kinds of “mistakes” ALWAYS happen against our side and in heavily Democratic counties? Same thing in Maine; same thing in Arizona (Spanish information packs gave wrong election date), same thing in Ohio (2 Democratic counties have mistakes).

Hyhybt
October 26th, 2012 | LINK

I sure do hope that, well, of course, that Maryland is a win, but that whichever way it goes, it’s by enough of a margin that the lost ballots don’t matter.

Ryan
October 26th, 2012 | LINK

It’s really annoying that the article doesn’t say how many ballots we’re talking about.

Steve
October 26th, 2012 | LINK

@TampaZeke
Because nearly all voter fraud is committed by Republicans

JT
October 26th, 2012 | LINK

This should automatically disqualify the ballot question.

DCSkippy
October 27th, 2012 | LINK

Just a clarification, Prince George’s county is home to most of the African American religious communities (including Harry Jackson’s church) that are strongly opposed to Question 6 and quite unlike Montgomery County.

While I cannot speak for PG county about election issues, Montgomery County has been plagued with a series of stupid election errors over the years. This includes the primary in 2006 where the Board of Elections forgot to issue to the polling places the plastic cards necessary for voters to use the touch screen machines, which delayed the possibility of voting at precincts for an hour or more.

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