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Elections board asks for inquiry of administrator


The state elections board has voted to ask State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli to investigate the conduct of Baltimore elections administrator Barbara Jackson.

In a Thursday night vote in Annapolis, the board directed Mr. Montanarelli to see if Ms. Jackson broke the law by failing to purge thousands who weren't eligible to vote.

The board's vote was based on Ms. Jackson's testimony during Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey's challenge of the November election, said board member Daniel J. Earnshaw.

Ms. Jackson testified during Mrs. Sauerbrey's court challenge that she forgot to do the purge in the beginning of 1994. When she later realized that it had not been done, some names were removed, she said. She halted the purge in mid-1994 to allow her staff to concentrate on registering new voters and preparing for the election.

Ms. Jackson was unavailable for comment yesterday.

The board also voted to ask Mr. Montanarelli to investigate claims that security keys were improperly handled and to look into the cases of 50 election judges who failed to report for duty on Election Day.

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