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(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Board responds to voter complaints about machines

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland State Board of Elections announced Monday that it has examined fewer than 20 voting units after some voters reported that the machines displayed a different candidate than the one they selected during early voting.

The board said 12 of the units have been thoroughly tested, and the issue cannot be repeated. The other units were taken out of service.

Election officials get similar reports in every election, the board said in a statement, and post-election analysis has attributed the cause to voter error.

“Voters with large fingers or long nails or voters who hold the touchscreen with their palm resting on the screen seem to report this issue more frequently,” the board said in a statement.

The board said it would continue to monitor reports. The board also recommended voters press the touchscreen with the tip of a finger and carefully review the summary screen.

Early voting continues through Thursday. Early voting centers are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More than 140,000 voters have voted during the five days of early voting so far. More than 850 voting units are being used in 64 early voting centers across the state.