Maryland Board of Elections Caught up in a BIG MESS. Felons Voting.

Audit finds major deficiencies in Md. elections board

By: Hayley Peterson
Examiner Staff
June 24, 2010

Maryland’s Board of Elections kept convicted felons on the state’s registration rolls after they should have been removed, according to a new audit.

The state’s independent auditing agency also found the elections board failed to report a $2 million budget shortfall, as well as more than two dozen other deficiencies — six of which were included in a 2006 audit.

In a written response to the audit, the elections board said its failure to report the shortfall was an “inadvertent omission and likely the result of a changeof personnel,” and promised never to do it again.

Elections officials said Maryland courts provide the board with a list of felons each month, and local boards are required to cancel those voters’ registration statuses. Between Jan. 1, 2009, and June 30, 2009, local boards removed nearly 800 felons from the registration rolls, Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone reported. But out of a randomly selected group of 22 felons, the auditing agency found that seven were still registered to vote.

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