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Voter Roll Irregularities Alleged in Baltimore County

Deceased voters, duplicate and invalid addresses found on Baltimore County voter rolls, according to Election Integrity Maryland.

The voter rolls of Baltimore County contain the registrations of deceased voters as well as voters registered to duplicate and invalid addresses, according to a Maryland voter fraud watchdog organization.

Election Integrity Maryland Friday submitted a challenge to 828 voter registrations because of alleged irregularities.

"We're bringing these to [the county Board of Elections] in the hopes it will make it easier for them to remove these registrations," said Cathy Kelleher, president of the non-profit, non-partisan organization.

"We're trying to help the system," she said.

Kelleher said that the irregularities, in some cases, could allow a voter to cast ballots in two different locations.

Election Integrity Maryland initially reviewed 1,700 voter registrations in the county. There are 492,288 registered voters in Baltimore County as of the last report issued in April by the State Board of Elections.

Kelleher said the irregularities could open the door to election fraud but said her group could not prove if such fraud had already occurred.

"We don't have access to the kind of records that could prove that happened," said Kelleher.

Katie Brown, director of elections in Baltimore County, said she the packet from Election Integrity Maryland was delivered Friday afternoon to her office but she had not had a chance to review it.

"We're going to verify everything they gave us," Brown said Friday night. "I'm not just going to put this away some where."

Brown said the watchdog group "uses information from sites were not legally allowed to use."

The elections director said confirmation cards will be sent to voters if there is a concern related to an irregularity. Voters who respond will have their information updated.

Voters who do not respond, however, will not be struck from the voter rolls.

"I wouldn't want to take away someone's right to vote if (the allegation) is not so," Brown said.

An audit of the 2008 election performed by the State Board of Elections discovered that as many as 200 people in Maryland intentionally voted twice—a more than 30 percent increase over the 2006 election.

More than a third of those came from Baltimore City and Baltimore County, according to the March 2009 report.

Elections officials pointed out at the time that the total number of duplicate voters represented just 1/100th of 1 percent of the 2.6 million votes cast in the 2008 presidential election.

All of the 2008 cases were referred to the Maryland State Prosecutor. None were prosecuted.

In February 2010, then-State Prosecutor Robert Rohrbaugh wrote in a letter to the Maryland State Senate that his office was unable to prosecute such cases because of budget and staff limitations.

Election Integrity Maryland has about 75 trained volunteers that use a computer program that identifies potentially problematic registrations. Typically, the program identifies addresses that have multiple registered voters that do not share last names and appear to have no relationship to one another.

Researchers for the group then review those individual registrations in an attempt to identify irregularities, according to Kelleher.

Earlier this year, Elections Integrity Maryland reviewed 7,000 voter registrations in Montgomery County and alleged that 5,400 of those contained irregularities similar to those found in Baltimore County.

"They haven't really given us a substantial response," Kelleher said of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

There are 582,607 registered voters in Montgomery County and a total of more than 3.5 million in Maryland.

Kelleher said her group plans to review each registration.

"This is an ongoing process," Kelleher said. "We'll be doing this for years to come."

Escariot June 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
In regards to Paul, and his defense of Obama's shady past. Here are classic examples of his shady past, in no particular order: 1) Obama lectures acorn staffers on how to protest banks and intimidate lenders-now it is simply referred to as the "muscle for money" modus operandi 2) As a state legislator in Illinois, Obama wrote federal recommendations for block grants for federal housing for Tony Rezko. Rezko then took the money but allowed the properties to be condemned. Thousands of poor african americans and other citizens had to leave while Rezko and Obama buddies bought the condemned properties and flipped them for huge profit. 3) As a state legislator Obama was the only one that voted yes for a bill that would allow failed abortion viable fetuses to be thrown into linen closets and allowed to die in that manner. 4) Obama lied about working with Ferrakahn in the million man march, even though the chicago tribune had his name printed on it as a manager/organizer being thanked by Ferrakahn himself. 5) Obama was at a dinner with Khalidi where member of the audience read poems advocating the death of Israel. Did Obama condemn this? The los angeles times to this day will not release the tape, even after McCain publicly pleaded for its release in 2008. Hmm, makes sense now in 2012 his policies concerning Israel. 6) His failed attempt to make gun sellers be banned from selling arms when fast and furious blew up in his face
Buck Harmon June 04, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Obama is afraid to release his history in full or he would have. Spending millions to keep it neatly tucked away from the public is a cowardice approach that speaks volumes to the guys true character. Paul, You should feel ill because of the way that homebuyers were taken full advantage of with the very real plastic shack development processes that you participated in. Greed driven at every level... shameful..
David Taylor June 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Why bother even trying to have a serious discussion of voting issues (machines or process) or about the Scott Walker Tea Party squad invading and attacking the Maryland roles... all you folks here seem to care about is pecking at each other like a bunch of old hens. Enjoy yourselves... this is below even my low standards, and I've been online since the 80's.
Mark Patro June 05, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Josephine, I am not embarrassed to be a Liberal. If I were to create a stereotype about myself I'd probably use that label myself. I do not find it to be negative. That is other people's baggage. I am, however, centrist on many positions, just not on civil rights or other social justice issues.
DHAMMER June 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
The Maryland Democratic Machine which owns this State have loaded the Voter Rolls with Illegal Aliens and People living in Greenmount and German Hill Cemeterys for Years.And their is nothing anybody can do about it because the Judicial System in this state is loaded with their Liberal appointed Judges.When people at the DMV are caught giving out ID's to New Americans what do you expect!

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