GOP: Defeat Early Voting Amendment
Republicans in the General Assembly today announced their opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on next month's ballot that would authorize early voting up to two weeks before Maryland elections.
House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert) said the measure is "ripe for fraud" because it would allow people to vote early at polling places outside of their districts.
"We call on the citizens of Maryland to protect the integrity of their elections and reject this constitutional amendment," O'Donnell said in a statement.
His view was echoed by Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard), who said Maryland "cannot jeopardize the integrity of our elections merely for the purpose of convenience."
In 2006, the legislature passed an early voting law over the objections of then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). The law was later struck down by the courts as unconstitutional. The ballot measure would allow the legislature to enact a new law.
October 9, 2008; 3:50 PM ET
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