Elec­tion is not ‘rigged’

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Sa­muel I. “Sandy” Rosen­berg, Bal­ti­more The writer, a Demo­crat, rep­re­sents District 41 in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates.

“I hope you peo­ple can sort of not just vote on the 8th — go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100 per­cent fine,” de­clared Don­ald Trump at a rally in Penn­syl­va­nia last week (“Inside Don­ald Trump’s echo cham­ber of con­spir­a­cies, griev­ances and vit­riol,” Oct. 16).

His sup­port­ers na­tion­wide can fill out a form on the cam­paign’s web­site to re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion about be­com­ing a vol­un­teer Trump Elec­tion Ob­server.

In Mary­land, it is a crime if a per­son will­fully and know­ingly votes or at­tempts to vote more than once in the same elec­tion. It is also a crime if a per­son will­fully and know­ingly in­flu­ences or at­tempts to influence a voter’s de­ci­sion whether to cast a vote through the use of force, fraud, threat, men­ace, in­tim­i­da­tion, re­ward or of­fer of re­ward.

An in­di­vid­ual whose right to vote is chal­lenged at the polls may es­tab­lish his or her identity by pre­sent­ing any of the fol­low­ing forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion: the in­di­vid­ual’s voter reg­is­tra­tion or So­cial Se­cu­rity card; the in­di­vid­ual’s valid Mary­land driver’s li­cense; any iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card is­sued to the in­di­vid­ual by the lo­cal, state, or fed­eral govern­ment; any em­ployee iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card that con­tains a pho­to­graph of the in­di­vid­ual; or a copy of a current bill, bank state­ment, govern­ment check, pay­check or other govern­ment doc­u­ment that shows the in­di­vid­ual’s name and current ad­dress.

Our elec­tions are not rigged. They will stay that way if our right to vote is up­held.

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