Baltimore election officials have begun counting around 7,600 provisional ballots from the Baltimore primary election on April 26.
Pugh won the primary with 47,371 votes, compared to former Mayor Sheila Dixon’s 44,352 votes.
Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections (VOICE), an organization composed of Baltimore City activist, leaders, and voters, called on Gov. Larry Hogan to conduct an independent investigation on the primary election results due to many irregularities at polling sites.
But Gov. Hogan denied the request, according to Hassan Giordano, a local election expert.
Hogan’s office did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
“Nobody actually won yet. We’re asking them to step in before they certify the election result to make sure every vote counted, that nobody’s vote was suppressed ,”said Giordano, “and if they do find that that actually happened, to throw out the election all together and have the election redone in September.”
VOICE has sent their complaints in a letter directly to the Maryland state prosecutor, Emmet Davitt.
The letter pointed to complaints of numerous irregularities such as a Dixon campaign worker who was allowed to work as an election judge, eight voting precinct thumb drives went missing for 24-hours and a dozen polling locations opened anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour and a half late.
VOICE will hold a town hall for more citizens to have their voice heard at Sharon Baptist Church in Baltimore on May 5 at 7 p.m.