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Ehrlich and Zeese on Elections


It's a rare day when Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and third party Senate candidate Kevin Zeese see eye to eye on anything.

That happened yesterday, when within a matter of hours both politicians released missives fretting over the reliability of the Diebold Election Systems touch-screen voting machines used across Maryland..

In an afternoon new release, Zeese declared, "The Board of Elections should come clean on the serious problems Maryland has had with the Diebold election system, rather than hiding the facts from legislators and the public."

A short time later, Ehrlich released a letter he penned to the elections board in which he, for the first time, called for a paper trail to back up the electronic machines. "There are a lot of questions and not very satisfactory answers," he said. "Maryland is not prepared to conduct an election."

Ehrlich also took aim at a new law, approved by the Democrat-controlled legislature over his veto, that would allow voting to begin a week before election day. He asked the elections board to postpone such an innovation until at least 2008. Ehrlich is up for re-election this November.

By Ann Marimow  |  February 16, 2006; 9:49 AM ET
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It's simple. Average waiting time to vote in Democratic districts exceeds average waiting time to vote in Republican precincts. Poll workers willingness and competence to deal with problems to allow for votes is higher in Republican precincts. Easier to vote = more Democratic votes. This is true across the US.

Jim Brady is a liar. I don't know him; I don't want to know him. I know what he writes and he writes lies. For people who value integrity, it must be unpleasant to work for such a man. Perhaps, if you know him, other personal qualities compensate for his lack of integrity.

AND Stephen Hunter is an embarassing buffoon when he writes about something where he can air his political bias.

Posted by: elliottg | February 16, 2006 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It's in Hunter's film reviews too so don't tell me that he's a Pulitzer Prize winner when I'm not talking about quality of writing. I'm talking about Republican bias, conservative wingnuttery at the Post.

Posted by: elliottg | February 16, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty clear to see that Hunter is conservative, or at least animous to "left-wing Anti-bushies."

Seriously though, when are the other wapo blogs going to open up so elliotg can go post somewhere else?

Posted by: John | February 16, 2006 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I've been told it's soon.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | February 16, 2006 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for showing my agreement with Governor Ehrlich!

One difference, I favor Maryland leasing optical scan machines for the 2006 election. It will cost the state only $6 million to do so. Optical scan provides a voter verified paper ballot so that audits can be conducted.

Then, the state can spend two years developing a long-term solution.

Maryland needs to severe its ties with Diebold and remove Linda Lamone, the Election Administrator. There is to long a history of hiding the problems in Maryland elections. See:



Paid for By Zeese for Senate

Posted by: Kevin Zeese | February 19, 2006 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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