GOP lawmaker seeks election fraud probe

A Republican lawmaker, supported by the Hose GOP leadership, is seeking an investigation into a report that an election fraud watchdog group found 173 cases in which people voted in the same election in Maryland and Florida.

Del. Kelly Schulz, a Frederick County Republican, wrote to State Board of Elections to request an investigation into the report by the national group True the Vote. While officially nonpartisan, the group is largely supported by Republicans.

Schulz's request received the backing Thursday of the House GOP causus, which extended the investigation request to Gov. Martin O'Malley and Attorney General  Douglas  F. Gansler.

House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke of Anne Arundel County and  Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga of Harford County said election fraud allegations "cast a shadow on the legitimacy of our election process."

The 173 cases True the Vote identified date back to 2006, a congressional election year in which the group said it found 137 cases of Maryland-Florida dual voting. The group found far fewer cases in more recent elections, with only 10 identified in the presidential election year of 2012.

The national group urged the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as Maryland and Florida election officials, to launch investigations based on its findings.





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