But the state board should not stop its involvement there. In 2006, when Baltimore had massive problems with late-opening polls and malfunctioning equipment, among other things, state elections administrator Linda H. Lamone ordered the city to come up with a 10-point plan for improvement before the general election that included new training and recruitment procedures and improved election day protocols. Legislative auditors closely monitored the city's performance, issuing weekly reports on its progress until the November election. To be sure, Ms. Lamone's office should investigate whether the requirement to have at least two Republican judges in each precinct is truly an impediment in the city and if so to explore alternatives — for example, allowing some judges who are unaffiliated or members of the Green or Libertarian parties to satisfy the law's requirements for minority party judges. But that does already happen sometimes in practice, and it's hardly the only issue. The state needs to look at a wide range of issues from election-day management and communication to whether the city really needs 296 different precincts.