- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - A group of Baltimore activists has filed a federal complaint against the city and state elections boards over the most recent election, alleging that voting irregularities irreparably tainted the outcome.

The suit was filed by Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections against the Baltimore and Maryland elections boards, as well as Armstead Jones, the city elections director and Linda Lamone, the state administrator of elections.

The group alleges that polling places opening late, malfunctioning machinery and a “staggering number of irregularities” distorted “any sense of confidence in the election results.” Additionally, the suit alleges that one campaign offered food and money to entice voters to cast their ballots in favor of a particular candidate.

The suit also says two campaign workers were allowed to work as election judges, several voters received the wrong ballots and former felony offenders who should have been allowed to vote under Maryland law received letters telling them they could not.

The federal complaint seeks to have the election results nullified.

The primary election took place April 26 in Baltimore, and state Sen. Catherine Pugh was declared the winner of the democratic primary for mayor. On Wednesday, her primary opponent, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, announced she wouldn’t challenge the outcome of the election in court, though she previously asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate Pugh’s campaign for giving campaign workers food and rides to the polls. Pugh in turn called for an investigation into Dixon’s campaign for allegedly employing voter intimidation tactics.

The election was preliminarily certified, but on May 12 elections officials ordered that it be decertified to conduct a review of irregularities, including discrepancies between registered voters who checked into certain polling places and the number of ballots cast. The results were recertified May 25.

Jones said Thursday that he hasn’t yet seen the suit.

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