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Baltimore Presidential Primary results decertified by state, discrepancies noted

Maryland has decertified the City of Baltimore’s April 26 Presidential Primary election results. Instances of uncounted provisional ballots, discrepancies in voter roll check-in numbers and more were given as reasons for the Board of Elections decision. Video Courtesy Baltimore Sun/Youtube

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland State Board of Elections has ordered the May 9 certification of Presidential Primary results for the City of Baltimore decertified. Several reasons were given for the rescinded certification, including provisional ballots that weren’t counted, voter roll check-in numbers and ballots cast numbers out of sync.

A statement from Linda H. Lamone, State Board of Elections Administrator read:

 “Over the last several days, the State Board of Elections has been conducting its normal review and reconciliation of the election data for the recent primary.”

Because of discrepancies in some of the data for Baltimore City, the State Administrator has decided that the election data for all precincts in the City will be reviewed. – Linda H. Lamone, State Administrator

“In light of that decision, the Baltimore City Board of Canvassers will be rescinding its certification of the election results pending completion of the State Board’s review. It is expected that the Baltimore City Board of Canvassers will rescind its certification today at 6:00 p.m.,” Lamone wrote.

Lamone told CBS Local station WJZ, “When we looked at the certification, we found that there were some discrepancies that we weren’t happy with,” Lamone said. WJZ reported that in one instance a bag of uncounted provisional ballots was found in a warehouse. According to Lamone, precincts were required to report any discrepancies to the Board prior to certification. Absent the evidence of possible inaccuracies, the Board had certified the election results on Monday.

All information and balloting for near 300 precincts is rescinded and due to be reexamined before official certification is granted at a date yet to be determined by the Board.

This article originally appeared on on May 12, 2016.


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