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Ehrlich, an early-voting critic, to vote early

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: We were told Monday night that Ehrlich still intends to vote early, but that it won't happen Tuesday because of an unanticipated scheduling conflict.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ehrlich.jpgOriginal post: No one should confuse former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) with a fan of early voting. During his tenure in office, Ehrlich vetoed a bill in 2005 to allow the practice in Maryland.

But now that it's the law of the land, he plans to take advantage of it. Ehrlich's campaign announced Sunday that he planned to vote in Maryland's Republican primary on Tuesday morning at an Annapolis polling station.

"Bob Ehrlich believes in exercising the right to vote," said spokesman Andy Barth. "Now that early voting is available under Maryland law, Bob Ehrlich is pointing out the possibility of voting early to anyone who finds it more convenient than waiting until Election Day."

Ehrlich last week released a video in which he called early voting "a solution in search of a problem" but urged his supporters to take full advantage of it.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) cast his primary ballot Friday at a North Baltimore polling station.

By John Wagner  |  September 6, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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The bill that Gov. Ehrlich vetoed was later passed by the legislature in an override of the veto. It then was challenged and the Court of Appeals ruled the law unconstitutional.
There was a subsequent amendment to the state constitution that paved the way for early voting. It is still a solution looking for a problem, and an expensive one at that for the counties.
In Baltimore County, it will cost almost $20,000 per day whether there is one vote or 100,000. Prince George and Montgomery counties will have similar experiences. No reason absentee voting came with no additional costs and met all of the achievements of early voting.

Posted by: BruceLRobinson | September 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Bruce,

Ehrlich's reason for vetoing the bill wasn't constitutional in nature, it was because he was against it as a policy. http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/veto_letters/sb0478.htm

He also opposed no reason absentee voting:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/billfile/hb0622.htm

Face it, Ehrlich hates it when it's easy to vote, because he knows that when it's easy to vote, people will vote against him.

Posted by: unrest | September 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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