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what do you think?

December 02, 2007

Editor's note:Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: If you were to attend one of the public hearings held by a Maryland task force on voting irregularities, what would you say about the 2006 election process?

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"2006 I had no problem. In the past I have had a long line issue which moved very slow. I thought the 2006 short line was the result of low turnout verses a presidental or governor year which draws a bigger crowd."

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"If you mean irregularities such as criminal voting practices I would not know if the person next to me was voting illegally or not. I have read about problems down the road and there was an investigation years ago (into whether) dead people voted, prisoners, some people twice, and booths stayed open beyond time limits. I have not heard anything about Washington County doing any illegal practices."

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"This is not Chicago."

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"Why did it take more than one year to hold public hearings?"

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"I have never had any problems voting. I do, however, think a government-issued photo ID should be required at the time of voting to keep things honest. There have been problems in places like Baltimore with fraud - dead people voting, people voting twice, etc. The ID thing would help curb that."

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"An ID should definitely be made. There is a lot more fraud going on in the cities than people are aware of. Makes you wonder if in the past 20 years anyone got elected due to fraud."

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"I remember hearing something about screwy vote counts and stuff with those Diebold machines. 5,000 votes in a town of 3,500? Or voting officials swapping machine components after the machine has been certified. I'm glad I didn't hear about it happening here, but I'd wonder how officials would prevent that kind of voter fraud from happening here."

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"I can't say one way or the other if the dead vote because I have no proof and that should also apply to those who are ignorant of the fact.This isn't a rumor mill like some use it for. I'm from Missouri, show me."

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