Early one morning last week, Jack Kane was pacing around a Glen Burnie warehouse, reviewing paperwork and checking equipment to make sure everything was in order to deliver scores of voting machines to regional polling stations. Kane, 26, is the Anne Arundel County project manager for the Kane Co., an Elkridge-based firm that’s transporting some 16,000 voting machines to nearly 1,800 voting centers throughout Maryland. Security is a top priority, and part of Kane’s job involves making sure machines don’t get tampered with. Before trucks are sent out, seals marked with serial numbers are placed on the machines and the truck door latches to note each time they have been unlocked. Those who break the seals must sign off when they do so, and a state board employee later reviews the tags and records.
Once the machines are dropped off at each precinct, they are kept in a locked room until election judges or state staff set them up the night before Tuesday’s primary. After the election, the machines are locked up again in the polling places until the Kane Co. returns them to the warehouses.
All Maryland counties and Baltimore have a warehouse where a Kane project manager is responsible for overseeing voting machine shipments. Each location also has a polling place manager working for the jurisdiction who keeps track of inventory.