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Dixon leads Baltimore mayor's race, state updates preliminary results

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Preliminary election results for all offices in the City of Baltimore except Democratic Council District 1 and Democratic Judge of the Circuit Court have been posted at elections.maryland.gov.

The unofficial results for the Baltimore mayor’s race is too close to call. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon leads the field of over 20 candidates with 30.5% of the vote, City Council President Brandon Scott 24.7%, former Obama Administration Treasury Under Secretary Mary Miller 16.7%, and incumbent Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young with 7% of the vote. These numbers only account for the city's mail-in ballots and those dropped off before yesterday's primary as in-person votes have yet to be tallied.

The makeup of Baltimore City Council is changing as at least five new members will be named following Tuesday's Democratic primary election.  Two incumbents are retiring with three others leaving their seats to run for higher office.  Still more change could be on the horizon as challengers will be taking on other council members in the upcoming general election in November.  No officials results yet from Tuesday, as in-person ballots are expected to be tallied today

Still, thousands of voters stood in long lines yesterday, waiting to vote in-person.  Elections officials believe that may be due to problems with the absentee ballots, including several people that said they never received one.

The Board removed preliminary Baltimore City election results from its website overnight to ensure that results were accurate and not impacted by a printing error by its vendor, SeaChange. The Board has since determined that the printing error was limited to vote by mail ballots for Baltimore City Council District 1. The impacted results are Council District 1 and Judge of the Circuit Court. No other results are impacted.

The Board is working with the Baltimore City Board of Elections to duplicate these affected ballots onto correct ballots for scanning and counting and to provide meaningful observation in a way that complies with social distancing requirements. The post-election ballot tabulation audit conducted after every election will be carefully reviewed to confirm the accuracy of the election results.