John A. Olszewski, Jr.

Thousands of Maryland voters may have skipped primary because of MVA election error

Thousands of Maryland voters may have skipped primary because of MVA election error

Thousands of Marylanders may have skipped voting in the June primary after they were warned at the last minute that they would have to cast provisional ballots because of a computer glitch.

State elections officials told lawmakers at an Annapolis hearing Thursday that turnout among those voters affected by the glitch was less than half that of the electorate as a whole.

Linda Lamone, administrator at the State Board of Elections, told the joint Senate-House hearing that she is concerned that news of the glitch had a deterrent effect. Many voters may have believed their provisional votes wouldn’t matter, she said, citing previous studies showing that “people believe it’s less...

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