January 7, 2001
MIAMI - As many as 1,700 Miami-Dade County voters invalidated their presidential ballots because they mistakenly punched the chad immediately below the one corresponding to their preferred candidate, a California researcher has found. Those voters penetrated a meaningless chad - one that didn't correspond to any candidate - probably because their punch cards were not properly aligned with ballot books in the voting booth, said Anthony Salvanto, a faculty fellow in the political science department at the University of California at Irvine.
October 28, 2004
Where: Your neighborhood polling place. Look at your voter registration card, or if you've lost that, visit www. elections.state.md.us. When: Anytime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday. We recommend going early. Why: Make your civic duty sexy and bring a date. Or, heck, bring more than one. Of course, only one person is allowed in the voting booth at a time. Voting is free of charge, and in most precincts you'll even get an "I Voted" sticker. It is limited to those who have registered and are 18 and older.
March 6, 2012
Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brienapplies the Bible in a convenient - to him - but logically inconsistent way ("Redefining marriage in Md.?" March 2). He cites the book of Genesis, which says that God created males and females, blessed them and told them to multiply. Fair enough, and many of us have enjoyed accepting that mission. But the Bible does not say that everyone must accept that mission - as surely the cardinal knows, since he and his fellow Roman Catholic priests have rejected it, choosing celibacy instead.
September 12, 2004
Pretty soon you, the American voter, will enter the sacred sanctity of the voting booth and cast your ballot for the next U.S. president. Or not. It's also possible that your ballot will go back in time and participate in the election of 1848 or wind up in a distant galaxy, helping to elect an alien being with 73 eyeballs (slogan: "A Being of Vision"). The truth is, you don't know what will happen to your ballot, because you might be using one of the new electronic voting machines. These are supposed to eliminate the screw-ups we had in the 2000 election, in which the ballots of thousands of Florida voters were not counted because, due to poor design, many Floridians have the intelligence of a sugar beet.
November 5, 1992
You weren't counted in the official voter turnout, Jason, Jonathan and Andrea, but you sure made your presence felt at the voting booth Tuesday. Welcome to civic duty.You turned out in force at the polls, kids, strapped into strollers, dragged behind the mystery curtain or begging to pull the magic lever as your distracted parents weighed the fate of the nation.For lots of voting parents, leaving the kids at home wasn't an option this election. The daily trip to the baby sitter's included a stop at the polls, and little Katie came along for the ride.
November 3, 1992
Today is your chance. For months, you've listened to the candidates' rhetoric. You've let columnists and commentators tell you how you ought to make up your mind. You've read countless news articles and endured a barrage of advertising from political hopefuls and lobbyists.It is Election Day. At last, it's your turn.Those of you who read this editorial page probably do not have to be told not to waste it. But someone else -- friends, family members, co-workers -- may need a reminder. So remind them.