This is a huge problem, and Maryland Democrats will not stand for it any longer.
My own voting experience was ok. My precint at Barclay Elemetary was almost empty, but I went early. The machines worked well and I had no problems, other than the fact that I wanted a paper trail.
For others it hasn't been so simple. In Montgomery County, several polling places did not the recieve the cards necessary to use the new Diebold machines. Voters who showed up from 7 AM to 8:30 AM had to wait in line. How many left to make it to work on time is anyone's guess. This is not acceptable in an industrialized Democracy. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN MY STATE OR IN MY AMERICA.
How can we act? Today, we can email the Attorney General of Maryland and ask that they polls be kept open an extra hour to help at least some disenfranchised voters get another chance.
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Baltimore, MD 21202
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We can't save ourselves before this November. But what we can do is make sure there are Democrats waiting on November to catalog the complaints so we can start to make a case for a Statewide change.
Maryland voters deserve an anonymous paper trail. Maryland voters deserve polls that open on time and stay open all day. Maryland voters deserve to have elections that give them a voice, not take it away. By 2008, Maryland Progressives should get these things for all Maryland voters. Kick it into gear.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLLS OPEN UNTIL 9PM/ BALTIMORE CITY POLLS WILL STILL CLOSE AT 8PM
Blogs covering the problems (updated throughout the day):
Political Yak: Votes Not Counted Until Next Week?
DailyKOS: Maryland's Voting Problems
Moco Politics: Complete Meltdown at the BOE
FSP: Election Fiasco in Montgomery
Political Yak: Voting Problems in Montgomery County
Maryland Politics Watch: Election Disaster in Montgomery
DailyKOS: Maryland's Malfunctioning Voting Machines