State Computer Glitch May Affect 80,000 Voters

Maryland election officials say a computer glitch at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) may impact up to 80,000 voters, almost four times as many Marylanders as officials first estimated last week. The computer mishap affected Maryland voters who used MVA kiosks to update their registration address or party affiliation beginning in April 2017. The problem? The updated information was never sent to the State Board of Elections.

According to The Baltimore Sun:

When those voters show up at the polls Tuesday, the correct information will not be in the poll books and they will have to vote on a provisional ballot. Those ballots will be counted later, on July 5.

“No one gets turned away,” said Nikki Charlson, deputy state elections administrator.

Election officials said they likely will not be able to say how many provisional ballots have been cast until Friday. The delay could make it difficult to know the outcome of close races on election night.

Officials say affected voters should report to the polling place linked with their current address and vote using a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are generally used when there are questions about a given voter’s eligibility. Additional information, including a video on the process, is available on the State Board of Elections website.

Poll workers will be available at polling sites to assist voters with questions about provisional ballots. Voters can also contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-8683 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. or email info.SBE@maryland.gov.

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