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Baltimore election review process still underway

Posted at 5:32 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 17:32:49-04

The city Board of Elections anticipates one more day in Baltimore warehouse counting vote after vote by hand.

City resident Linda Eberheart isn't sure what went wrong on primary day, but is determined to find out. She said she and other Sheila Dixon supporters had to fight in court for their seats to observe the review process in person.

"What is it? Is it fraud? Is it incompetency? Or is it another explanation," Eberheart asked Wednesday. "This process is important because there were so many issues in the campaign for the public to have faith that their vote was counted and it's an open and transparent process."

Hassan Giordano with Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections, or VOICE, said there is no way the Board of Elections can guarantee people their votes were counted.

He said with all the reported irregularities, there is only one option that makes sense.

"Toss the results and have a new primary on the second Tuesday in September which is the calendar that we're used to having primaries anyway," Giordano said.

Both Giordano and Eberheart said whether the results change or stay the same is not the main issue. It is being able to trust in the integrity of the electoral process.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said there is no reason to question the outcome at all and agreed that it's the management and oversight she wants the governor's administration to take a close look at and prevent from happening again.

"The process could have been a lot cleaner, a lot smoother and a lot better managed and again I think this election underscored the need to make changes," Rawlings-Blake said.

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