State election officials are sorting out the issues that were raised last week with some Baltimore ballots from last month’s mayoral primary. But they’re doing so behind closed doors, and primary runner-up Sheila Dixon is taking legal action to let her campaign — and the rest of the public — observe the process.

On Monday, the Baltimore Sun reported that the investigation is unfolding in a West Baltimore warehouse. But the reporters couldn’t get in because the state denied them access.

They weren’t the only ones trying to see what was happening. According to a court filing, representatives of Sheila Dixon’s campaign were also denied access. In a statement, Dixon said the officials counted the votes “literally behind locked doors,” except for a 90 minute period on Tuesday morning morning.

On Tuesday, Dixon’s campaign filed for a restraining order that would require the process to be opened up.

“There is no reason for any part of the vote certification process to be kept hidden from the public,” she said.

Dixon has been raising questions about the voting since the week after the primary, and now she is raising questions about how the state is addressing the “irregularities” she raised.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.