Montgomery County Voter problem?
From the MarylandReporter.com:
Voting advocates are concerned that Montgomery changed and then officially recertified election results for the April 26 primary election — without notifying all members of the local board responsible for certifying elections, or going through a public process. Instead, they relied on state officials who suggested retabulating results after incorporating the missing ballots, and said two local board members signing the necessary paperwork would be sufficient.
There is even disagreement about which person from the state election office gave the go-ahead, and whether a Senate committee got the full story at a hearing last week.
Mary Kiraly, a former member of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, called the situation in Montgomery “unconscionable,” particularly re-scanning 163 misplaced absentee ballots without any outside oversight.
County election officials discovered that more than 1,800 absentee voter records went missing after an electronic transmission from the county to the state. Those missing records of individual voter ballots caused a discrepancy in voter history figures so they had to be rescanned, but did not cause any errors in final vote tallies.
Then, before officially sending certified primary election results to the state board of elections, Montgomery County Election Director Margaret Jurgensen discovered another error. One hundred and sixty three (163) absentee votes had been accepted by county election officials, but placed in the wrong container during certification and were not scanned or tabulated in the final tallies.
No outcomes of any contest changed as a result of the recounts, but it is still raising eyebrows among the county elections board and elected officials that the process limited public involvement. A June 10 story in MarylandReporter.com said “Baltimore’s primary election foul-ups did not happen elsewhere in Maryland,” but based on the information from Montgomery County and Howard County, there were more than “nominal problems.”