House leaders have scheduled a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would require the state's electronic voting machines to provide paper receipts.
"Under this legislation, voters would be able to check and correct any error made by the voting system," said Del. Sheila E. Hixson, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who is sponsoring the measure.
"We must pass this bill so the trust and confidence of voters who are concerned about our new system can be restored," she said.
The legislation, which opponents say is too costly, has the support of House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and several other leading House Democrats.
In a related matter, state Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone is monitoring studies of the Diebold Election Systems Inc.'s electronic voting machines that Maryland is using.
Lamone wrote a letter to Diebold's top executive in late December after California's secretary of state announced that some voting machines there would not be certified for use because of problems with touch screen and optical scan systems, like the ones used statewide in maryland..
Lamone asked the company for daily phone briefs and documentation to demonstrate that Maryland's system is secure. In an interview this week, she expressed confidence in the machines.
"I just got a lot of information in the last couple weeks so I'm not concerned," she explained
John Wagner and Eric Rich
Posted by: elliottg | January 28, 2006 11:03 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Dave W | January 28, 2006 1:43 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | January 28, 2006 3:45 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Arlene Montemarano | January 29, 2006 10:08 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.