Voting Machine training

Zach Howe, an IT specialist with the Frederick County Board of Elections, provides a training session to newly sworn-in board member Carlotta Joyner during a board session Friday at the county warehouse on Montevue Lane.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called the election process “rigged,” but Frederick County and Maryland officials assure voters the state’s new balloting system is secure.

“Simply put, Maryland’s election systems are secure, have built-in redundancies, and have been subject to security testing,” the state board posted in the “Rumor Control” portion of its website.

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Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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You have to present a photo id to do pretty much anything in the country. You have to present a photo id to deposit cash into a bank account. You have to present a photo id to receive medical treatment. You have to present a photo id to buy alcohol or tobacco. However, you do not have to present a photo id to vote. This is where the corruption begins.


With the motor voter law and Maryland DMV issuing driver's licenses to illegals, I'll bet you don't even have to be a citizen to register to vote.


jean, do you have any idea of what you are talking about? In order to register, in the State of Maryland you must:
If you are registering for the first time, you should plan on showing “proof of identification” the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: (1) A current and valid photo identification or (2) A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that
shows your name and address.

To vote, you are required to give your name, month and day of birth and you must be registered. Then you must sign that you are the person named, before you get a ballot.

Do you really think an illegal immigrant is going to go through this and risk deportation?


"Is it rigged?"

Betteridge's Law of Headlines suggests the answer is no.


Now that MD has put paper ballots back in place I am reassured because we no longer have a system with a major design flaw. Before, when we relied on electronic record only machines, there was no independent record and a recount in case of hacking was impossible, plus the machines were hackable according to independent experts. Now that glaring weakness in the MD system has been fixed.


Stu Harvey and his staff have done an excellent job for years. Thank you, Stu.

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