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Cathy Kelleher, President of Election Integrity Maryland, criticized the proposal to open same-day registration for early voting in Maryland per their latest press release.
The Maryland legislature undoubtedly approved this bill with only the best intentions – unfortunately there are substantial unintended consequences that all voters could suffer in future elections. We could easily witness drops in participation and confidence in our election system – the same issues this legislation is supposed to address.
Election Integrity Maryland questioned the claim that enactment of the bill can easily boost voter participation and says the argument is “hardly based in any statistical fact or probability,” and further emphasized that Maryland “consistently out-performed the national average on voter turnout in the past three presidential election cycles, often by wide margins.”
The voter watchdog group also raised concern over the unfunded mandate and added manpower burden the bill would create locally.
Our state is growing – budgeting $125,000 per year is a joke. How can we expect our polling sites to become one-stop shops with no financial or logistical support from Annapolis? The policy proposal is precarious enough on its face. Half measures can be catastrophic for all involved. With enactment of this bill, Maryland can set national records for long lines at the polls.”
As someone who personally manned the polls at the last election in November, I can personally attest to the frustration of many voters at the long lines and saw many turn right around and get back in their cars.
Understandably, Kelleher also raised concerns about increased voter fraud.
Proponents of this legislation may scoff at the issue of voter fraud, but they’re taking a dangerously narrow view of the problem. Roughly 75 percent of Americans register great concern for election integrity in their support for voter ID, according to The Washington Post. How can Marylanders have confidence in a new election process that is comically under-funder in a growing state? Minnesota, a same-day registration state, leads the country in cases of voter fraud. Maryland voters should not be forced to assume the same risk of fraudulent behavior occurring as seen elsewhere.”
Tags: Election Day Voter Registration, Election Integrity Maryland, Voter Fraud
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