- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland’s elections board has voted to scrap touch-screen voting machines in favor of paper ballots for early voting before the April primaries.

The board voted 5-0 Thursday for the change.

The board decided not to use the touch screens, because they can’t display all names on the same screen for races with a lot of candidates.

The format can create a disadvantage for candidates with last names further down the alphabet. It also can be confusing and time-consuming for voters to navigate between multiple pages of candidates.

Officials initially wanted to use the machines for early voting because otherwise voters would have had to use multiple ballots to cast votes in multiple judicial, city council and congressional races.

Maryland’s primary is April 26. Early voting begins April 14.


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