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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Voters falling between the cracks in Md.

By Washington Post editors

Nearly one out of four people in Maryland who has tried to register to vote at a Motor Vehicle Administration office in the past four years has not been added to the voter rolls, according to state records obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

Though some would-be voters may have found alternative methods to register, officials at the State Board of Elections say they field calls every year from residents who say they have shown up at their polling places ready to vote on Election Day and are told their names do not appear on voter rolls.

Elections officials, good-government advocates and lawmakers say the problems illustrate the challenges of implementing the federal Motor Voter Act. But critics say it has burdened motor vehicle departments with an unfamiliar responsibility.

Read more about what issues with voter registration at Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration offices in The Baltimore Sun.

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

I was one of these people once. And I didn't get to vote in the Presidential Election because of it. Maryland has been really good at screwing me over on various things since I moved here.

Posted by: kaj215 | February 22, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

This happened to me too. I got to the polling location in Silver Spring and was told that I have never voted in the state of Maryland. I had to ask for a off site supervisor to verify my information, and i finally got to vote with a provisional ballot. The MVA system is doing more damage than good at this point. I moved out of the state five years ago and moved back two years ago and registered at the MVA office, but apparently that never really happened. I filled a complaint a few months ago, glad to see that it is being worked on.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | February 22, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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