State first to use poll equipment

Check-in system would reboot itself during the primary, causing problems

Maryland Votes 2006

September 16, 2006|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun reporter

Maryland's new electronic voter check-in system, which poll workers across the region reported would abruptly shut down and reboot during Tuesday's primary, had never been used before during an election, the manufacturer acknowledged yesterday.

At one Baltimore precinct, poll worker Al Samples, a 38-year-old computer scientist, said he could not prevent the three small check-in stations made by Diebold Election Systems Inc. - called e-poll books - from suddenly turning off. The machines crashed about 40 times, he said.

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