By Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland election officials are focusing on about 60 of Baltimore’s 296 precincts in an examination of irregularities in April’s primary.

The Baltimore Sun reports (https://bsun.md/1WCDnRK ) the state is looking at why the number of votes is higher than the number of people who checked in at the polls in those locations.

However, State Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Nikki Charlson says the discrepancy is believed to be less than a 2,400-vote difference between Catherine Pugh and Sheila Dixon in the Democratic mayoral race.

Elections officials have said the discrepancy appears to have occurred because voters or election judges scanned provisional ballots rather than setting them aside for later inspection. People use provisional ballots when they aren’t listed on a precinct’s rolls and might not be eligible to vote.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com

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