MD Group wants to hold a manual recount after Election Day
A voter integrity group that says it is committed to ‘eliminating fraud and inaccuracies in Maryland’s voter rolls’ is trying to recruit hundreds of volunteers in a bid to start a manual ballot recount immediately after Election Day next month.
A group that says it is committed to “eliminating fraud and inaccuracies in Maryland’s voter rolls” is trying to recruit hundreds of volunteers in an effort to start a manual ballot recount immediately after Election Day. ballot next month.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Voter Integrity Group wants volunteers in each of the state’s 24 counties to retabulate paper ballots and compare those results to readings from ballot scanning machines to look for any anomaly.
The recount would begin the morning after the November 8 election, according to the group.
The idea would be for the group to randomly select precincts in each county, then send a pair of volunteers – a Republican and a Democrat – to those precincts to recount the ballots together, focusing on races for governor, the Attorney General, United States Congress and School Board.
However, it doesn’t appear that any of this is allowed by state law.
Recounts can only be requested by a candidate, and can only be done after a race has been certified and the gap between the top two candidates is less than 5%.
Additionally, although observers are allowed to watch the polling in a public place, they cannot actually touch the ballots, as only staff members hired by local election commissions are allowed to do so.
Even with these issues, the group says it is trying to recruit 600 volunteers for the effort.
The Maryland Voter Integrity Group has previously raised concerns about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, echoing former President Donald Trump’s false claims.
Dan Cox, the state’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, aligned himself with Trump and declined to say whether he would accept the outcome of next month’s election.
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