October 26, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Yesterday, I wrote about an NBC Washington News4 report that some absentee ballots being sent to Maryland voters are missing the page which contains all the state ballot measures up for a vote this November, among them Question 6, which would affirm marriage equality legislation passed earlier this year. As I wrote:
“Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections, confirmed that a number of absentee ballots in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are indeed missing the second page, but told News4 that Maryland is investigating the issue and believes the number of incorrect ballots is small. Maryland residents who have received an incorrect ballot should contact their local election board: in Prince George’s County, the number is 301-430-8020. In Montgomery County, it’s 240-777-8550.”
Yesterday evening, Metro Weekly reported on the matter, including in its article the following statement from Josh Levin, the campaign manager or Marylanders for Marriage Equality:
“We’re looking into this matter and taking it seriously. Every registered voter must have the same opportunity to participate in the electoral process. We’re confident the board of elections will get to the bottom of this quickly and resolve it.”
The Maryland campaign also emailed voters instructing them to call 800-222-8683 to request replacement ballots should they receive one that contains errors or omissions. Metro Weekly went on to mention another ballot issue from Silver Spring, first reported by WUSA9 regarding a problem with the Spanish-language summary of Question 6:
In the Spanish summary, one word was mistranslated to read that the measure would amend current law, which its says already allows same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses. The language would seem to imply that a “no” vote would allow marriage equality to continue to be law in Maryland, when in fact it would prevent gay and lesbian couples from being able to marry.
Goldstein apologized for the translation error, but noted that the error was only in the explanation. He told WUSA that the actual ballot language for the measure was correctly translated into Spanish.
Although none of these issues look widespread or extremely significant, it’s important to follow them as we move closer to the election. If you live in Maryland or know of anyone having a problem with their ballots, let us know in the comments!