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Al Gore
Back to the future on voting
Back to the future on voting

Fourteen years ago, when the nation was riveted by the spectacle of poll workers parsing the differences between dimpled and dangling chads after the presidential contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Marylanders could rest fairly easy. A few counties still used old-fashioned voting machines, though not quite like the ones that caused so much havoc in Florida, and the vast majority already had more modern systems. Baltimore City had a touch-screen voting system — then considered the most advanced in the state — and 19 counties employed optical scan paper ballots. But thanks to the national voting reform movement that came out of the Bush-Gore election, Maryland decided to...