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State Orders Baltimore’s Election Results Decertified, Begins Precinct-Level Review Of Irregularities

May 12th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Baltimore Sun reports State Board of Elections officials on Thursday ordered the results of Baltimore's primary elections decertified — and launched a precinct-by-precinct review of irregularities.

Linda H. Lamone, the administrator of the State Board of Elections, said officials became concerned when city officials found 80 provisional ballots that had not been analyzed, and an unusually high numbers of voters who checked in at polling places but never cast ballots.

"Baltimore City was not able to investigate and resolve these issues to our satisfaction," Lamone said. "We are doing a precinct-level review. We are doing this in fairness to the candidates and the voters."

Baltimore's primary elections produced a number of close races. State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh narrowly defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the Democratic primary for mayor, and three City Council races were decided by a few hundred votes.

For more than a week, a group of activists has been raising concerns about the integrity of the election. 

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