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The continuing saga over how Marylanders will cast their ballots in the 2006 elections has taken another turn today.

A Senate committee is expected today to approve a plan that would have every Maryland voter cast their ballot through the mail.

This plan, the brainchild of Sen. Paula Hollinger (D-Baltimore) and Del. Sheila Hixson (D-Montgomery) has yet to win many converts. The House Speaker and Senate President appeared to be skeptical. But Hollinger is telling her colleagues that the electronic voting machines are too unreliable to trust in the upcoming elections. And with voting by mail at least there will be a paper trail.

The voting-by-mail idea is in use in Oregon, and has been credited by Oregon's secretary of state for driving up participation in the most recent election.

Still, the idea will have to move fast to have any chance of success. It will almost certainly be greeted with a veto by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), and the legislature will need to pass the law by tomorrow to have any shot of overriding it.

By  |  March 29, 2006; 3:52 PM ET
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Hixson's turnabout is very curious, given that she's blocked a paper trail for the past several years.

Posted by: MD Progressive | March 30, 2006 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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