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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.

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 9, 2008; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections , John Wagner  
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I can not think of a better endorsement for voting FOR this amendment than GOP opposition.

If they hate it - it must be good.

Plus, if the lines are out the door on Election Day (as many predict), this thing should pass with 85% of the vote.

No on Slots - Yes on Early Voting Simple to remember.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

That's about as stupid a reason to vote on something as I've ever heard. "If they hate it - it must be good." God forbid you should actually vote on something (or someone) based on merit. Don't bother researching and forming an informed opinion on your own. Just keep letting the Party think for you, before long they'll just stop asking for your opinion altogether and you'll be a slave to the State. Neither Party is looking out for you, they are simply looking to gain/maintain power. The voting system is already full of fraud (because of BOTH Parties), why make it that much easier?

Posted by: JC | October 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey JC - I will pay you $50 for every voting fraud conviction recorded in Maryland since 1980. Just prove to me how fraud is so rampant and how allowing all voters (even Republicans) to vote early will result in fraud.

Seriously, $50 per conviction. Do a little research yourself and prove my opinion is misinformed.

You say above "The voting system is already full of fraud..." All I ask for is proof. Who in Maryland is committing fraud? How? Are people standing in long lines to vote more than once? (Doubt it) Are people subverting the Diebold machines? (They say it can't be done.)

JC, I think the only fraud here is the grand statements you're making.

As for the statement that 'if the GOP is against it - so it must be good', it seems like the track record of your party is reinforcing that notion every day.

Posted by: Myth Buster | October 14, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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