Maryland Goes Back to Paper Ballots For Primary Election

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland is going back to basics, with an ink pen and paper ballot, for the presidential primary elections.

State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone says that despite advances in digital technology, nothing safeguards a secret ballot like marking a piece of paper. The ballots are tabulated by an optical scanning machine.

The system replaces touch-screen terminals that became popular after the hotly disputed 2000 presidential election. You might remember the “hanging chads” from Florida’s punch-card ballots.

The Maryland General Assembly voted in 2007 to go back to paper ballots due to security concerns with electronic voting.