In­de­pen­dent elec­tion judges needed

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - John R. Leopold, Pasadena The writer, a Repub­li­can, served as Anne Arun­del County Ex­ec­u­tive from 2006 to 2013 and rep­re­sented District 31 in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates.

In a re­cent ed­i­to­rial re­gard­ing Elec­tion Day re­form in Bal­ti­more, The Sun recommended that the city “should con­sider re­forms” like al­low­ing in­de­pen­dents to serve as elec­tion judges (“Gear­ing up for Novem­ber’s elec­tion,” Sept. 18). Un­der the pro­vi­sions of leg­is­la­tion I spon­sored in 1996 which passed the Gen­eral Assem­bly, lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions are cur­rently per­mit­ted to use in­de­pen­dents as elec­tion judges when there are six or more elec­tion judges in a given precinct and the num­ber of in­de­pen­dent elec­tion judges does not ex­ceed the num­ber of ei­ther Demo­cratic of Repub­li­can elec­tion judges.

While ex­ist­ing law is ad­e­quate for some precincts, the statute should be amended to cover those in­stances where there is a dearth of elec­tion judges and fewer than six elec­tion judges in a precinct.

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