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Dixon says she's not giving up

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Posted at 11:43 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 06:32:44-04

The counting of about 9,000 provisional ballots starts today at the Baltimore City Board of Elections.

In the race to become the Democratic nominee for mayor of Baltimore City, results posted to the State Board of Elections’ web site still give Catherine Pugh about a 3,000 vote lead over former mayor Sheila Dixon.
But Dixon says she is not giving up.

“I'm not going through the motions,” she said.  “I want to see the final count.”

And it's not just the uncounted votes keeping her from conceding the race.  Dixon says there were what she calls "unprecedented irregularities" on Election Day.

“Taking people to the polls, paying them to vote for you. I mean there are a whole host of issues,” she said.  “I mean I have never seen anything in the history of elections that I've been involved with like this before.”

And that's why Dixon is supporting the call for Governor Larry Hogan to launch an investigation into Baltimore City's primary.

“I think that they should look into it,” Dixon said.  “The Board of Elections is under state government and I think it's the responsibility of the governor and those who are in charge to look into it because of all the issues.”

Tessa Hill-Aston, the president of Baltimore City's chapter of the NAACP also supports an investigation; she feels the problems on Election Day could leave some voters feeling they've been disenfranchised.

“I think in people's heads and hearts there's still going to be some people -- and quite rightly so -- that are still upset that maybe something didn't go right,” Hill-Aston said.

Dixon says she did not concede the race on election night, and she has no plans to anytime soon.

“I want to see this to the very end,” she said.

A spokesman for Catherine Pugh said Pugh will not be responding to Dixon's claims about paying people to vote, and taking them to the polls.

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