- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland’s State Board of Elections on Thursday ordered Baltimore to rescind its certification of last month’s primary results. But it’s not yet clear if that could change the winners of any contests, including the bitterly fought mayor’s race.

Among the alleged regularities cited were 80 unchecked provisional ballots found in a supply closet in a warehouse, Linda Lamone, state administrator of elections, said in a phone interview.

Lamone said the city also failed to do other post-election checks, including comparing the number of voters who checked in at a polling place to the number who actually voted.

The city had certified its results Monday, but rescinding that certification resets deadlines to contest the election or ask for recounts.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh had been certified the winner in the Democratic mayoral primary, beating former mayor Sheila Dixon 48,665 votes to 46,219 votes.

Dixon, who earlier had hinted that she might call for a recount, said Wednesday that that she would not seek a recount. Dixon campaign spokeswoman Martha McKenna said Thursday that the campaign was just learning of the latest move, but she called it “a step in the right direction.”

“We want to make sure every voter who cast a ballot has that vote counted,” she said.

Dara Lindenbaum, a lawyer for the Pugh campaign, told The Baltimore Sun that they welcomed the state’s actions. “This review by the board will give the citizens full faith in the election, and we look forward to final certification,” she said.

Lamone said the deadline for seeking a recount was Thursday, but that deadline will be reset after the Baltimore City Board of Canvassers recertifies the election.

Earlier this month, a coalition of concerned citizens and community leaders calling themselves Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections sent a letter to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, asking him to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate their complaints against the Baltimore Board of Elections.

The Baltimore City Board of Canvassers will meet Thursday evening to rescind the election certification.

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