As many as 80,000 voters will have to cast provisional ballots in Tuesday’s primary election because of a computer glitch — four times as many as state officials initially announced. On the eve of the election, Democratic legislative leaders called for the immediate resignation of Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine Nizer, who oversees the agency that failed to forward voter information to the Maryland Board of Elections. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan ordered an audit of what went wrong. The MVA discovered the problem was more widespread after it first announced late Saturday that nearly 19,000 were affected, according to a document obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The computer glitch affected some voters across the state who tried to change their registration address or party affiliation through the MVA since April 2017.
When those voters show up at the polls Tuesday, the correct information will not be in the poll books and they will have to vote on a provisional ballot. Those ballots will be counted later, on July 5.
“No one gets turned away,” said Nikki Charlson, deputy state elections administrator.
Voters head to the polls starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday to cast ballots in Democratic and Republican primary races. They include the Democratic race for governor as well as primaries for Baltimore County executive, Baltimore City state’s attorney, General Assembly districts, Congress, school boards and other contests across the state.