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Governor questions new voting system

December 2nd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan is questioning the reliability of Maryland's new voting system, but the state's elections administrator is expressing confidence in it.

The voting system came up unexpectedly at a Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday. Treasurer Nancy Kopp, one of three board members, asked how the state will manage voter outreach after a nearly $1 million contract was rejected.

Hogan, also a board member, says information technology experts in his administration have questioned whether the state will be ready for next year. Hogan says he's concerned about "the entire system collapsing."

Linda Lamone, the state elections board administrator, says she's confident the system is going to perform as it was certified by the federal government. She says the new system will have paper ballots next year as a backup.

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