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Montgomery County officials appeared satisfied with how Election Day problems were addressed.
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Montgomery County officials appeared satisfied with how Election Day problems were addressed.

Officials with the Montgomery County Board of Elections say the problems that plagued some of the voting procedures during last November's general election have been identified and addressed.

It began when some absentee voters in Montgomery and Prince George's County reported that the second page of their mail-in ballot was missing. Then, a number of Latino voters complained that certain words in the Spanish language translation of the same sex marriage initiative were wrong.

This week, the Montgomery County Council called in key officers from the county's board of elections so they could explain what went wrong and what was done to fix it.

Mary Ann Keefe, president of the county's board of elections, claims an incorrect final draft caused the wrong language translation in Question 6, and the missing ballot page was an unidentified vendor error. Keefe says both have been addressed.

"We have subsequently met with the vendor to go over what these problem issues were, and I think we all came away convinced that they got a handle on it now and we're going to continue to move forward with them," Keefe says.

Before the election, complete absentee ballots were re-sent to all voters, and the correct Spanish language translation was later issued in sample booklets distributed at all polling places.

Council president Nancy Navarro says she is satisfied with what she heard.

"I think today it was great to hear that the state board of elections has refined and tightened up their regulations with regards to the way they do translations," Navarro says.

Lawmakers also proposed legislation to expand the days and locations for early voting in Maryland.

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