Scott criticizes local, state election boards for delay in mailing ballots to voters

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Council President Brandon Scott on Friday criticized city and state election boards for the delay in sending Baltimore City residents their ballots for the June 2 primary election. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott on Friday said that a disproportionate number of Baltimore City voters, compared to other jurisdictions, have not received their ballots for the June 2 primary election, which is less than three weeks away.

“Voters across the state of Maryland, in Baltimore County and other [jurisdictions], have received their ballots, but not here in Baltimore City,” he said. “Every day we are now hearing from people who are concerned about their ballots.”

Scott, who is running for mayor of Baltimore, said the Maryland State Board of Elections and the Baltimore City Board of Elections have told him that the ballots are in the mail.

But Scott said that isn’t good enough and he called on the state and city election boards to tell him and Baltimore City residents exactly where their ballots are “without excuses.”

“Some things are more important than who wins the election. The right to vote is more important than that,” he said. “We cannot disenfranchise people, especially when they are living through one of the most trying times in over a generation.”

The Maryland Board of Elections today tweeted out advisories for Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County to let residents know their “ballots are being processed by the USPS.”

Baltimoreans should star receiving them tomorrow and “and into next week,” the board said.

Scott said that 20,000 residents of Maryland’s 7th Congressional District did not receive their ballots for that district’s special election on April 28.

He added that some people received their ballots on the day of the election and were not able to postmark them in time, while some people received their ballots days after the election had concluded.

Scott said the issues need to be fixed in time for voters to participate in the primary election on June 2.

“This is something that we have to do because we know Baltimore is eager to participate in this upcoming election,” he said.

Marcus Dieterle


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