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Thousands of Baltimore City ballots left to count

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 18:26:33-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Ballot counting continues across the country and right here in Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Board of Elections team still has thousands of ballots to count and expect the process to go into next week.

"Record number of folks came out to vote and with that happening, it's gonna take us a little longer to get to the finish line," said Election Director Armstead Jones.

Jones said they are also experiencing delays because of the State Board of Elections issue with transfer time for the thumb drives that store results from the voting center scanners.

"Because the issue with the memory sticks last night, they’re working on that and just as soon as we get the OK from them, we will be able to start [counting]," said Jones.

So in the mean time they are getting everything prepared; going through ballots to make sure they are signed, opening up mail-in ballots, recreating web ballots and checking to make sure that the voter didn’t also fill out a provisional ballot on Election Day.

Some results are already in. The closest races are for city council seats.

Jones said they brought in additional people to help count and he thinks they will meet the deadline, which is next Friday November 13.

"We will be [here] until every one is counted, every vote is counted," said Jones. "We have great workers here and they’re moving forward. We are trying to get to the end so that all of us can get some rest.

You can check the status of your mail in ballot online using the voter lookup tool.