Voter Integrity Groups in Maryland and Virginia Discover 43,983 Duplicate Registrations on the States’ Voter Rolls

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As Elections Near, Voter Integrity Organizations Intensify Their Efforts to End Voter Roll Inaccuracies

Rockville, MD – May 19, 2014 – Election Integrity Maryland (EIM), one of the Mid–Atlantic’s leading election watchdog organizations, in partnership with The Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA), announces today that it has discovered at least 43,983 voters registered in both Maryland and Virginia. These duplicate registrations on both states’ rolls present a large-scale risk to fair electoral processes and pose significant threats to the fair outcomes of future elections. Investigative efforts continue in the wake of the upcoming Board of Elections meetings, scheduled for May 22, 2014 in Maryland and May 26, 2014 in Virginia.

The 43,983 duplicate registrations were uncovered in a recent review of data purchased from the Maryland and Virginia State Boards of Elections (SBE), respectively, which included voter preferences from the 2013 Governors’ race in Virginia and the 2012 Presidential Election in Maryland. Most recently, the records have been referred by the SBE to the Office of the State Prosecutor for investigation. The review consisted of a SQL query comparing 3.4 million current voter records in Maryland and 5.5 million in Virginia by first name, middle initial, last name, and date of birth. This revealed the staggering statistic. 164 individuals also appear to have participated in double-voting practices between the two states, an activity that will be under particular scrutiny in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 elections. Additionally, in Virginia, over 308,000 potential duplicate voter records were found in the most recent record matching Crosscheck conducted by the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program (Crosscheck). The Crosscheck program compared Virginia’s records against 21 other states by all of the above name and birthdate factors as well as the last four digits of the records’ Social Security numbers for added specificity. Virginia is among 28 states currently participating in Crosscheck; Maryland one of 9 that is included in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), yet another tool used across the country by volunteer groups to monitor and clean up voter rolls. Virginia is one of only two states (the other being Colorado) to participate in both ERIC and Crosscheck.

“The latest data highlighting the duplicate voter records within Maryland and Virginia is astounding,” said Cathy Kelleher, EIM’s President. “Above all, this most recent information underscores the state of our voter rolls nationwide, which have huge potential to fraudulently alter the outcomes of our elections and the political future of our country. The current honor system appears to have been sacrificed!” Kelleher further stated that “we must preserve free and fair election processes so that no person’s vote is disenfranchised by would-be cheaters. Being aware of what EIM’s counterparts have discovered in a number of states across America, it is easy to conclude that we are facing a national disgrace!”

At the end of April, Election Integrity Maryland helped to block a Maryland Board of Elections move to certify the Online Ballot Delivery System. Maryland’s current online registration process is among the ‘most vulnerable’ of all the state systems and one of the most open to large-scale, automated fraud. University of Maryland law professor, Michael Greenberger, was quoted in a recent article in The Baltimore Sun as saying of the current online system, “Experts say there is no way to know for certain that the person requesting the absentee ballot is the one filling it out and mailing it in…the identification system currently in place is not an effective way to authenticate a voter; in fact, it’s vulnerable to fraud.”

In addition to potential fraud, communication and adequate monitoring systems stand as other obstacles to clean and accurate voter rolls. A 2012 study released by the Pew Center on the States (Election Initiatives), describes the current system as “inaccurate, costly, and inefficient,” citing “lack of communication and data-sharing between states” as the cause of the voter registration lists that remain “significantly outdated and plagued with errors.” Additionally, the study found that approximately 24 million, representative of one in eight, voter registrations in the United States were either invalid or flagrantly incorrect. This includes:

• More than 1.8 million deceased individuals were erroneously listed as voters;

• Approximately 2.75 million people had registrations in more than one state; and

• At least 51 million eligible U.S. citizens were unregistered, more than 24 % of the eligible population.

Virginia’s State Board of Elections (SBE) confirms these statistics and revealed in a survey of general registrars and electoral board members conducted after the 2012 General Election that “voter registration problems” and “inactive voter registrations” were the second and third largest problems encountered at the polls during that election. In addition, data published in a recent article in Watchdog.org shows that the SBE identified between 40,000-60,000 dead voters listed on Virginia’s rolls, via the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File. To this, Reagan George, President of the VVA, noted that, “Dead voter registrations are prime targets for voter fraud which generate few complaints.”

While these issues pose major problems in Maryland and Virginia, they also pose threats in many other states.

• In North Carolina, 155,692 registered voters with exact matches on first name, last name, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security Numbers, whose latest voter registration activity was not in the state, were identified in a recent Crosscheck. Another 35, 750 voter records for individuals who voted within the state were also discovered to have cast ballots in other states.

• An audit of online voter records in California revealed 6,080 duplicates that remained on the rolls through the 2012 election and through summer-fall of 2013. 113 of the 6,080 suspected duplicates also appear to have voted twice in the 2012 Presidential Election. Almost half of these voters were college-age (18-24).

• In Massachusetts, Democratic Rep. Stephen Smith pleaded guilty to felony charges of election fraud using absentee ballots acquired and cast online in multiple elections in 2009 and 2010. He subsequently resigned from office.

“Just as we should not have to wait for a bank robbery to occur before a bank proactively protects our money, so should the state be taking steps to protect our precious votes,” said Reagan George, President of the VVA. “The legitimacy of our electoral processes has been sacrificed on the altar of convenience by the Progressive Left, and we stand to lose our Republic should these dishonest and fraudulent activities be allowed to continue, as they erode the public’s trust and confidence in the entire electoral process.”

Election Integrity Maryland and the Virginia Voters Alliance are available for immediate comment to expand on these issues and related activities affecting integrity in the electoral process.

About Election Integrity Maryland (EIM)
Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) is a non-partisan, non-profit volunteer citizen initiative dedicated to upholding free and fair elections as a 501 (c) (4) organization. EIM exists to promote integrity throughout the voting process in Maryland, thereby enhancing the public’s confidence in its voting franchise in local, state and federal elections. EIM routinely works to support the efforts of Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters. For more information about EIM, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

About the Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA)
Virginia Voters Alliance is an initiative developed by citizens for citizens, meant to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. VVA promotes ideas that actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. The Virginia Voters Alliance was formed to provide a non-partisan, state-wide organization that is devoted to improving the voting process in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which would decrease opportunities for voter fraud, and insure open and honest elections for all citizens of Virginia. For more information, please visit www.virginiavotersalliance.com.

Maryland State Board of Elections Set to Approve Online Voting in Thursday’s State Board of Elections Meeting System Ripe for Fraud, Experts Warn — Election Integrity Maryland Calls for Immediate Re-Evaluation of Online Voting Implementation to Preserve Honest Elections

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Maryland State Board of Elections Set to Approve Online Voting in Thursday’s State Board of Elections Meeting
System Ripe for Fraud, Experts Warn — Election Integrity Maryland Calls for Immediate Re-Evaluation of Online Voting Implementation to Preserve Honest Elections

Rockville, MD – April 22, 2014 – Election Integrity Maryland (EIM), one of the Mid–Atlantic’s leading election integrity organizations (empowered by True the Vote), has called for immediate re-evaluation of online voting implementation to preserve honest elections in wake of its upcoming State Board Meeting, set for 2pm on April 24, 2014 in Annapolis, MD.

At this meeting, the body is set to certify its current Online Ballot Delivery System, which has high potential to open the state’s electoral processes to large-scale error and fraud. Stemming from significant concern from technical and political experts as to the vulnerability of the current system, Election Integrity Maryland calls for an urgent rejection of the vote to certify the Online Ballot Delivery System and subsequent review of its overall online voting systems in a critical effort to preserve freedom and equality in the state’s electoral procedures.

In a recent letter to Linda Lamone, State Administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections, Election Integrity Maryland cites several concerns related to the high potential for fraud and inaccuracy in the current “same day registration and voting” system. Chief concerns, such as non-citizens reporting for jury duty, double voting, and deceased voters consistently appearing on the rolls, as well as potential for fraudulent activity, would be amplified by the state’s online voting processes. Recently, two historically-liberal states, Oregon and Washington, successfully voted to block the passage of similar legislation that would enable online voting capabilities and open the states’ electoral systems to large-scale error and fraud. Oregon was also supported in its fight by the League of Women Voters. The testimony collected in these efforts was also delivered to the Maryland Board of Elections for review and consideration prior to Thursday’s meeting and vote.
Maryland has been challenged in the past by voting experts as a result of the significant shortcomings of its current online voting system. In fact, a nationwide, independent panel of experts even went so far as to name it among the ‘most vulnerable’ of all the state systems, and one of the most open to large-scale, automated fraud.

Comprised of David Jefferson, computer scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, J. Alex Halderman, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, and Barbara Simons, a retired IBM computer scientist and an expert on electronic voting, the panel also advised the State of Maryland “…to take immediate defensive steps to safeguard the online voter registration system or else shut down the system.”

Further expert testimony to support the current call to halt the certification of the Online Ballot Delivery System at vote this week can be found from Michael Greenberger, a law professor at the University of Maryland. In a recent article published in The Baltimore Sun, Greenberger said of the current lack of authentication and oversight in online voting procedures, “Experts say there is no way to know for certain that the person requesting the absentee ballot is the one filling it out and mailing it in…the identification system currently in place is not an effective way to authenticate a voter; in fact, it’s vulnerable to fraud.” Greenberger instead advocates for a reversion to the ‘old-school’ hard-copy, brick and mortar process to cut down on potential for interception and fraud.

Recent data compiled by Election Integrity Maryland’s counterparts in both Oregon and California also supports the truth behind these claims. In Oregon, a host of credentialed experts identified numerous reasons why online voting is highly susceptible to a variety of system integrity problems, thus inviting nefarious actions. In California, an audit of current online voter registration systems revealed that 6,080 individuals duplicated their voter registrations, and these duplicates actually remained on the rolls through the 2012 election and through summer-fall of 2013. 113 of the 6,080 suspected duplicates also appear to have voted twice in the 2012 Presidential Election. Almost half of these voters were college-age (18-24).
Elections are typically won or lost by extremely close margins, and glaring errors such as these thus become critically important to national outcomes.
“We strongly urge the Maryland Board of Elections take these significant concerns into account and halt the certification of its Online Ballot Delivery System at this Thursday’s election,” EIM’s President, Cathy Kelleher states. “The current online voting system errors must be re-evaluated and restructured, and such actions are vital to ensuring the future accuracy and freedom of our state’s electoral processes and outcomes. These efforts remain at the epicenter of our continued crusade to ensure free and fair elections in the state of Maryland and across the country.”

Election Integrity Maryland is available for immediate comment to expand on these issues and related activities affecting integrity in the electoral process.

The Agenda for the upcoming state vote at 2pm on April 24, 2014 follows. Please note the meeting is open to the public, however request to speak must be submitted prior and approved no later than 5pm EST on April 23, 2014. To request permission to speak or for other agenda-related questions, please contact Nikki Charlson at 410‐269‐2843 or by email nikki.charlson@maryland.gov.

About Election Integrity Maryland (EIM)
Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) is a non-partisan, non-profit citizen initiative dedicated to upholding free and fair elections. A 501 (c)(4) organization, EIM exists to promote integrity throughout the voting process in Maryland, thereby enhancing the public’s confidence in its voting franchise in local, state and federal elections. EIM seeks to support the efforts of Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters. For more information about EIM, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

Agenda
State Board Meeting
April 24, 2014 – 2:00 pm
151 West Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

1. Declaration of Quorum Present
2. Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
3. Additions to the Agenda
4. Administrator’s Report
5. Assistant Attorney General’s Report
6. Ratification of Precinct Boundary Changes
7. Approval of Proposed Regulations
8. Approval of Campaign Finance Waiver Requests
9. Online Ballot Delivery System – Certification
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Disclosure of Campaign Contributions
13. Confirm Next Meeting Date & State Certification of Primary Election
14. Closed Session
15. Adjournment

Closed Meeting: Part of the meeting may be closed in accordance with Open Meetings Act procedures.

Public Participation: Members of the public may address the Board on any item on this agenda. Pursuant to §3.2B of the Board’s bylaws, public participation at a meeting must be pre‐scheduled and pre‐approved by the Chairman. To request approval to speak at a board meeting, contact Nikki Charlson at 410‐269‐2843 or by email nikki.charlson@maryland.gov no later than 5 pm the day before the meeting.

Election Integrity Maryland Submits More Challenges to Voter Rolls

Rockville, MD  – October 16, 2013 – -  Election Integrity Maryland (EIM), one of the Mid–Atlantic’s leading election integrity organizations (empowered by True the Vote), today sent additional challenges to the voter registration rolls maintained by Prince George’s County.

In addition to 3,306 irregularities submitted in July 2012, the Prince George’s County and the State Board of Elections were recently sent computerized discs containing the names and specific challenges for an additional 1,584 records reflecting irregularities.

Irregularities detected and verified by EIM included deceased voters who remain on the voter rolls; individuals no longer living at the address shown on their voter registration; duplicate voter registrations for the same person either in-state or interstate; and the names of individuals who have not voted in two or more federal election cycles. According to Cathy Kelleher, EIM’s President, “Cleansing the rolls of outdated data reduces mailing costs for those who buy lists from election boards and likewise lessens any temptation to use outdated personal data for fraudulent purposes.”

Election Integrity Maryland strives to provide confidence to Maryland’s voters in their voting franchise.  One way to further that organizational goal is by requesting feedback evidence from state and county entities of their compliance with Section 8 of the federal National Voter Rights Act (NVRA).  Section 8, in particular, requires the State and Local Boards to maintain voter rolls as current as possible and accordingly purge records when necessary.

About Election Integrity Maryland (EIM)

Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) is a non-partisan, non-profit citizen initiative dedicated to upholding free and fair elections. A 501 (c)(4) organization, EIM exists to promote integrity throughout the voting process in Maryland, thereby enhancing the public’s confidence in its voting franchise in local, state and federal elections. EIM seeks to support the efforts of Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters. For more information about EIM, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com.

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Election Integrity Maryland Announces Additional Challenges to Voter Rolls Submitted to the Maryland State and Montgomery County Boards of Elections

Rockville, MD – August 20, 2013Election Integrity Maryland (EIM), one of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading election integrity organizations, announces today that it has sent more than 1,463 new challenges to the Maryland State and Montgomery County Boards of Elections, which were set to be received on August 13, 2013.

These most recent challenges center on irregularities in voter roll records that EIM uncovered in its most recent round of proactive voter registration investigations. The challenges are submitted to the Boards of Elections at the State and County levels to alert election officials to identified irregularities in the voter rolls. They also underscore EIM’s vigilant efforts to contribute constructively to upholding of free and fair elections consistent with the legal regulations requiring Boards of Elections to maintain the most up-to-date voter records possible.

EIM President, Cathy Kelleher said: “We are pleased to present this latest round of challenges to the Boards of Elections at the State and County levels as aligned with ensuring free and fair elections and accurate voter rolls required by Federal law.” She also stated “EIM will continue to vigorously pursue irregularities in voter rolls as a way of supporting the Boards of Elections in their ongoing efforts to maintain voter integrity.”

The latest round of irregularities follows a previous 1,400 challenges to Baltimore City’s voter rolls submitted by EIM in June. By making key election officials aware of these errors and irregularities, EIM aims to continue to take a leading role in securing the accountability and integrity of the electoral system across the state of Maryland.

About Election Integrity Maryland (EIM)

Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) is a non-partisan, non-profit citizen initiative dedicated to upholding free and fair elections. As a 501 (c)(4) organization, EIM exists to promote integrity throughout the voting process in Maryland, thereby enhancing the public’s confidence in its voting franchise in local, state and federal elections. EIM seeks to support the efforts of Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters. For more information about EIM, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

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TRUE THE VOTE RELEASES 173 CASES OF ALLEGED INTERSTATE VOTER FRAUD IN FLORIDA, MARYLAND

HOUSTON, TX. August 12, 2013 - True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced new research findings of interstate voter fraud in Florida and Maryland. Florida and Maryland state election authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice were formally notified of 173 cases of voters casting ballots simultaneously in both states during federal elections.

“These 173 cases represent True the Vote’s continued effort to expose the fragility of our absentee voting systems,” True the Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Last year Pew Research found that 2.75 million Americans were registered to vote in more than one state. We are unfortunately continuing to see the consequences of that startling statistic. True the Vote calls on Florida, Maryland and federal officials to investigate our latest research.”

Key Facts & Data Points

  • Voters were identified matching full name, date of birth and residential address.
  • True the Vote was able to study federal voting histories from 2006 to 2012.
  • Cases of double voting by cycle
    • 2012: 10
    • 2010: 9
    • 2008: 17
    • 2006: 137
  • Most common Florida counties (cases)
    • Escambia (28)
    • Clay (10)
    • Duval, Pinellas, Volusia (9)
  • Most common Maryland counties (cases)
    • Anne Arundel (33)
    • Montgomery (18)
    • Prince George’s (17)
  • 11 individuals double-voted in multiple federal election cycles.
  • 12 married couples were identified double voting, some in multiple cycles.

Federal and state laws were potentially violated as a result of these activities. Federal law, specifically 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(e) clearly states that voters cannot cast more than one ballot in the same election.

True the Vote’s research follows a series of similar findings in Florida, Ohio, New York and Rhode Island, triggering criminal investigations between the states in late 2012. TTV coordinated its research with Rockville-based Election Integrity Maryland.

Copies of the research referral letters to the U.S. Department of Justice, Florida Secretary of State and the Maryland State Board of Elections have been made available to the public.

 

True the Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, voters’ rights and election integrity organization focused on preserving election integrity and is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

Voto Honesto (TTV) es una organización sin fines de lucro, no partidaria, enfocada en preservar la integridad en las elecciones y operada por ciudadanos para ciudadanos, ara inspirar y equipar a voluntarios para envolverse en cada una de las etapas del proceso electoral. TTT capacita a organizaciones e individuos a través de la nación para activamente proteger los derechos de los votantes legítimos, sin importar a que partido político perteneces. Para más información, por favor visite www.votohonesto.org.

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8.12.13 DOJ Fraud Notice Letter (FL.MD) by True The Vote PR

8.12.13 MD Fraud Notice (FL.MD) by True The Vote PR

ELECTION INTEGRITY MARYLAND ANNOUNCES CHALLENGES TO VOTER ROLLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD.  ― Election Integrity Maryland (EIM), one of the
Mid-Atlantic’s leading election integrity organizations, today announced
more than 1,400 challenges to voter rolls in the Free State.

“This is one of our largest sets of challenges to rolls since our
founding,” Election Integrity Maryland President Cathy Kelleher said.
“Federal law requires election officials to establish reasonable efforts
to maintain voter rolls.  Our post-election maintenance suggestions
ensure accuracy and accountability while offering local Boards the
optimal amount of time to review citizen research.

“The landscape for voter registration and elections could substantially
change in the near future.  As Maryland considers same-day registration,
it’s imperative that we instill a culture of accountability to voters
from the outset – EIM is proud to do its part,” Kelleher added.

“We are very proud of the work Cathy and her team is doing in
Maryland,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said.  “In
order for the greater election integrity movement to thrive, we need
leaders to stand up in their own communities. All across the country,
average citizens are realizing the full potential of their rights as
voters and are holding local officials accountable.”

Below is a summary breakdown of challenges submitted to Maryland Boards
of Elections for further review:

- Individuals showing no history of voting for more than two
consecutive federal cycles
- Registrations with non-existent addresses
- Deceased voters – some with ballots cast post-mortem
- Interstate and intrastate duplicate registrations
- Individuals claiming commercial addresses as place of residence

The challenges submitted by Election Integrity Maryland were from
voters registered in Baltimore City.

Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) seeks to support the efforts of
Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter
integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters.

For more information about EIM, visit:
www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

Contact:  Sandra Schwartzman
Telephone:  (301) 230-0045 x100
Email: sschwartzman@rmr.com

Unintended Consequences of Same-day Registration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2013

Rockville, MD.  Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) President Cathy Kelleher today criticized the proposal to open same-day registration for early voting in Maryland.

“The Maryland legislature undoubtedly approved this bill with only the best intentions – unfortunately there are substantial unintended consequences that all voters could suffer in future elections. We could easily witness drops in participation and confidence in our election system – the same issues this legislation is supposed to address.”

Election Integrity Maryland questioned the claim that enactment of the bill can easily boost voter participation.

“Proponents of the legislation argue that this law will boost voter turnout – an argument hardly based in any statistical fact or probability. Maryland consistently out-performed the national average on voter turnout in the past three presidential election cycles, often by wide margins. We’ve consistently turned out the vote better than states like Florida, Virginia and New York. Introducing such a radical change in our administrative processes can jeopardize that trend.”

Kelleher further argued:  “If the bill should be enacted over increasing concerns of voter suppression, we need to listen to what our local election administrators are actually saying on the matter. In the past month, True the Vote released a study regarding suppression complaints in Maryland. They found only one complaint – an instance that Prince George’s County formally contested.”

EIM also raised concern over the unfunded mandate and added manpower burden the bill would create locally.

“Our state is growing – budgeting $125,000 per year is a joke. How can we expect our polling sites to become one-stop shops with no financial or logistical support from Annapolis? The policy proposal is precarious enough on its face. Half measures can be catastrophic for all involved. With enactment of this bill, Maryland can set national records for long lines at the polls.”

Kelleher finally acknowledged the issue of voter fraud with the same-day registration proposal.

“Proponents of this legislation may scoff at the issue of voter fraud, but they’re taking a dangerously narrow view of the problem. Roughly 75 percent of Americans register great concern for election integrity in their support for voter ID, according to The Washington Post. How can Marylanders have confidence in a new election process that is comically under-funded in a growing state? Minnesota, a same-day registration state, leads the country in cases of voter fraud. Maryland voters should not be forced to assume the same risk of fraudulent behavior occurring as seen elsewhere.”

True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht echoed EIM’s concerns over the same-day registration bill.

“We’re seeing a national trend of state lawmakers pushing through election  legislation with lofty titles and intentions, leaving local voters and  election administrators to deal with the reality of long lines and  limited resources. Voters’ rights are compromised when political  interests take precedence over those of the county election boards and  the citizens they serve – and that is exactly what appears to be  happening in Maryland.”

Click here to read True the Vote’s recent study on voter suppression in the 2012 swing states.

EIM seeks to support the efforts of Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters. For more information about Election Integrity Maryland, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

Contact:  Sandra Schwartzman
Telephone:  (301) 230-0045 x100
Email: sschwartzman@rmr.com

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Wendy Rosen’s Plea Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2013
North Potomac, MD.

Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) President, Cathy Kelleher, today responded to the plea deal reached between Wendy Rosen and the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office.  According to the Baltimore Sun:

Former Maryland congressional candidate Wendy W. Rosen pleaded guilty Friday to voting illegally in two elections and will serve five years probation and pay a $5,000 fine.

The 58-year-old Rosen, who won a Democratic primary last year to challenge Republican Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, cast ballots in 2006 and 2010 in Baltimore County even though her legal residence was in Florida. The revelation last September ended her run.

She must also perform 500 hours of community service.

EIM’s Kelleher said, “We applaud the State’s prosecutor’s office for pursuing this case and delivering a strong message that any attempt to undermine election integrity in Maryland will not be tolerated.  Every registered Maryland voter needs to be assured that his or her vote counts.”

For more information about Election Integrity Maryland, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

Contact:  Sandra Schwartzman
Telephone:  (301) 230-0045 x100
Email: sschwartzman@rmr.com

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Maryland’s Vulnerable Online Ballot System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013

Rockville, MD. Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) President, Cathy Kelleher, today responded to the Washington Post’s article, Maryland’s proposed online ballot system called vulnerable to cyberattack.

“There is an inherent danger in adopting online voting. Government, media, banking institutions, corporations and even the Pentagon have proven to be vulnerable to cyberattacks. We should not be quick to expose the integrity of our voting system to such attacks.”

Kelleher further warned: “The introduction of online voting and same day voting will ultimately lead to universal voting, which would jeopardize free and fair elections.”

What is universal voter registration? Author John Fund has described it as follows:

[Universal voter registration] means all of the state laws on elections will be overridden by a federal mandate. The feds will tell the states: ‘take everyone on every list of welfare that you have, take everyone on every list of unemployed you have, take everyone on every list of property owners, take everyone on every list of driver’s license holders and register them to vote regardless of whether they want to be . . .

EIM seeks to support the efforts of Maryland’s various Boards of Elections in their effort to maintain voter integrity, as well as the interests of Maryland voters.

For more information about Election Integrity Maryland, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

Contact:  Sandra Schwartzman
Telephone:  (301) 230-0045 x100
Email: sschwartzman@rmr.com

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Voting From the Grave in Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2012

Salisbury, MD.  Election Integrity Maryland today announces that it has found evidence of Marylanders voting from the grave.

While just scratching the surface of voter roll research, having looked at 35,000 voter registration records so far in Maryland, EIM has discovered 1,566 names of deceased still on the voter rolls.  Of these names, apparently two voted and three registered to vote after their deaths.

According to Cathy Kelleher, president of EIM, “Over the past seven months, we have submitted our findings to Maryland local and State Boards of Elections, and still await their confirmation that appropriate action has been taken to make sure our voter rolls are up-to-date in accordance with federal and state laws.”

“There is still time to clean up our voter rolls in this state before the November election,” Kelleher continued.  “Indeed, they need to be clean before early voting starts on October 27.  Time is of the essence.”

Election Integrity Maryland is researching Maryland’s voter registration rolls, using publicly available information.  Since February, they have submitted more than 11,000 irregularities in the voter rolls to the MD State Board of Elections and to local Boards of Elections in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  The Boards still are investigating the group’s findings.

For more information about Election Integrity Maryland, please visit: www.ElectionIntegrityMaryland.com

Contact:  Sandra Schwartzman
Telephone:  (301) 230-0045 x100
Email: sschwartzman@rmr.com

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