The State Board of Elections disclosed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Administration had informed it that and additional 7,200 voters had been affected by the computer glitch that forced many Marylanders to cast provisional ballots in Tuesday’s primary.
The additional names bring the number of voters whose updates of their addresses or party registrations were not sent to the elections board this year and in 2017 to almost 90,000.
The board announced last weekend that 19,000 voters had been affected, then revised that total to 80,000 on the eve of the election. It is not yet known how many people a cast provisional ballots as a result of the glitch.
The elections board said it has provided a list of names of affected voters to the local boards so that any provisional ballots they may have cast could be validated. The local boards will begin counting provisional ballots next Thursday.
The state board said it will also give the MVA a daily list of provisional voters whose names did not appear in the voter registration database, or who gave elections officials a different address from what was in the database, so that the agency can check its records.
MVA Administrator Christine Nizer issued a new statement apologizing once again. She said the MVA “has taken immediate action to fix the programming error and put redundant measures in place to ensure it never happens again.”