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Paper Ballots & How Maryland Will Vote This Time

Mar 30, 2016

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Wednesdays are the day here at Maryland Morning that we concentrate, in particular, on politics. This morning we begin with a conversation about what the experience of voting will be like across Maryland when we enter the voting booth either as an early voter from April 14-21, or as a voter on Primary Election Day, April 26th.

Either way, we’ll be asked to choose delegates to the Democratic and Republican Presidential conventions, nominees from both parties for the US Senate and Congress, and here in Baltimore City, nominees for Mayor and the City Council. We'll also choose judges. If you've been paying attention, none of that will come as a surprise. But here's what you may not know: When you head into the voting booth this time, you'll notice big changes in the mechanics of voting. For one thing, we'll be using paper ballots, because of a 2007 decision by the Maryland legislature. 

To explain the whys and wherefores of paper ballots -- and exactly how we'll vote -- I’m joined on the phone from her office in Annapolis by Linda Lamone.  She is the State Administrator of the MD Board of Elections.  Curious about voting with a paper ballot and using the ballot scanner?  Do you want to be sure that your vote is counted? The State Board of Elections has put together a short video to show you how. Watch the video here.