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Governor can't have his technology and object when others use it

12:30 PM EST, January 27, 2013

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I first want to commend The Sun's editorial board for their spot on assessment of expanding same-day voter registration to include change of party affiliation ("Voting early and easily," Jan. 22). As an independent voter and advocate of open primaries, this alternative is probably the closest compromise third party voters will get with a Democratic legislature. And please don't take my sincere compliment of this position lightly, as it comes rarely for the positions taken by this paper.

But the real irony is with the governor's apparent reversal in attitude when it comes to allowing for new technology to play a major role in our political and electoral process. His apparent ignorance to the online method used by state Republicans to garner voter signatures in petitioning bills to the ballot is baffling since his latest proposal calls for the exact same technology to be used for voting by absentee ballot. This political double-talk is why voters, frustrated with the partisan rhetoric and hypocrisy, decided to sign on to petitions to bring issues like gay marriage, the Dream Act and a clearly gerrymandered redistricting map to the ballot.

Our governor needs to realize that what's good for the goose, is also good for the gander; and he can't have his technology and deny others the right to use it too.

Hassan Giordano, Baltimore

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