A legislative audit reveals the Maryland State Board of Elections did not establish certain controls to maintain the integrity of voter registration records and protect voter data. The audit, which took place from 2012 to 2015, also found that elections officials did not ensure that personally identifiable information from the database was either properly safeguarded when transmitted to a third party contractor or removed from its own records.
Legislative Auditor Thomas J. Barnickel III says, “To maintain the integrity of the voter registration system you want to keep it up to date. And so the board has to get more vigilant in its oversight on local board’s activity to investigate those not eligible to vote.”
The auditors also found that state elections officials did not adequately authenticate certain voters who requested absentee ballots.
Full Article: Legislative audit questions voter registration security.