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MD: Fraud feared with online absentee ballots

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By Glynis Kazanjian | Maryland Reporter

ANNAPOLIS — Thousands of absentee voters from Maryland will be the first to mark their ballots online this fall, as the attorney general gave the green light to the State Board of Elections on Thursday.

But at least one advocacy organization said the new online ballot marking program, along with the state’s online registration process, is open to voter fraud.

The long-awaited formal opinion from the attorney general gave the elections board the official OK to implement online ballot marking software without having to undergo state or federal certification, which a watchdog group opposed. The five-member board voted unanimously during its monthly meeting to proceed with the new online tool.

The ballot marking “wizard” will allow military and overseas voters, also referred toas Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act voters, to mark their absentee ballots online, a step designed to make the final processing of their ballots more efficient, the state board said.

After the approval, a voting rights advocate told the board about a possible security vulnerability, one she said that would not only affect the state’s new online voter registration system but could extend to the November elections.

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