Baltimore City Expects to Finish Ballot-Counting Later on Tuesday

    The lion’s share of Baltimore City ballots from last week’s primary have been counted, the city’s elections director said Tuesday, adding that he expects the few remaining ballots to be processed before the day is out.

    Only about 6,000 regular ballots and 2,000 provisional ballots still need to be processed, Armstead B.C. Jones Sr., the director of the Baltimore City Board of Elections, said in an email Tuesday morning. At least 700 of the provisional ballots won’t count because they were sent in by non-affiliated voters, he said.

    Elections staff are currently plodding through ballots from Baltimore City Council District 1, Jones said. Due to a “small proofing error” on those ballots, they have to be hand-duplicated by staff before being processed. The results won’t be certified until Friday evening, and a few ballots are still trickling in. Jones said the city Board of Elections received 40 ballots on Monday.

    No clear winner has emerged in Baltimore’s Democratic mayoral primary: Former mayor Sheila Dixon held an early lead last week, but Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott has since pulled ahead. Scott led as of a Monday evening update, holding 29.1 percent of the vote to Dixon’s 28.1 percent.

    Other races have already been decided. Del. Nick J. Mosby will be the Democratic nominee for City Council president, and Baltimore Councilman Bill Henry appears to have ousted longtime incumbent Comptroller Joan M. Pratt.

    Glitches in the elections, from delayed ballot delivery to misprints and other errors, have led to bipartisan criticism of elections officials. Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation joined state officials last week in calling for a review of the state’s June 2 primaries.

    Both Dixon and Scott have indicated that they’re consulting with their legal teams over the election, The Sun reported.

    [email protected]

    Bennett Leckrone
    Leckrone is a December 2019 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He has interned at The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Columbus Dispatch, PennLive.com, The Dayton Daily News and The Troy Daily News. Leckrone is a Report for America corps member.