Robert B. Riddle, the state's attorney in Calvert County, admitted that another factor for not pursuing charges against Briscoe is her age. [Mabel Briscoe]'s voter registration card identifies the long- standing Democrat as 82.
Not so, according to Briscoe, who maintained that the case pointed out that the state's method of voter registration -- and the motor- voter method in particular -- opens the door to fraud. It would have been relatively easy, she said, for someone to use [Holly Briscoe]'s registration card to vote.
Briscoe discovered that when she went to have her driver's license renewed in July 1999 at a motor vehicle office in Prince Frederick County. After hearing a clerk ask another applicant if he wanted to sign up to vote, Briscoe decided to test whether the system was as fouled up as had been asserted in what she called "conservative propaganda" she received in the mail.
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