Annapolis Election Results

| November 5, 2013
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2013-Election copyUPDATE:  The Ward 7 malfunctioning machine was just fixed and the results are updated.  Pfeiffer won the ward and Cohen lost it by 34 votes.  All votes are now in and Cohen trails Pantelides by 84 votes city wide.

UPDATE: With all wards counted, Annapolis will need to wait until Thursday to find out who the next mayor of the City will be. Currently there are 50 votes separating the candidates with challenger, Mike Pantelides in the lead.  However, a malfunctioning machine in Ward 7 has resulted in votes not being reported (the votes were recorded, the malfunction involves getting the recorded votes off of the memory card to report them) so precinct 17 is still up in the air. We predict that Mayor Cohen will pick up a few votes there, but it is unlikely that it will put him in the lead. At 6pm, that precinct reported 440 votes cast–211 democrat, 157 republican, and 72 other.

There were 372 absentee ballots sent out, but voters have until midnight tonight to postmark them and return them.  Additionally, there are many provisional votes which need to be counted. This process is scheduled for Thursday.

Provisional votes are paper ballots issued to people that were unable to vote electronically. Reasons for a provisional ballot might include showing up at the wrong poll (an aldermanic candidate might be disqualified if wrong ward), the MVA did not update the voter registration rolls, a person’s identity was challenged, a person cannot be found on the voter rolls.

Stay tuned Annapolis! 

UPDATE:  We spent the afternoon walking around to all the polls. We ran into Mayor Cohen at Maryland Hall and Mike Pantelides at the old Annapolis Recreation Center. Both were out pressing the flesh and asking for votes.  While Cohen’s campaigning style was rather subdued, Pantelides was out in front. He had supporters with giant signs at the polls and we spotted several trucks with billboards cruising the city.

Supporters of Kenny Kirby, Steven Conn, and Mike Pantelides line the sidewalks outside of the Eastport Community Center

Supporters of Kenny Kirby, Steven Conn, and Mike Pantelides line the sidewalks outside of the Eastport Community Center

As expected, Wards 1,2 and 8 all had a decent turnout. At 2pm, Ward 1 has a solid 19% turnout. Ward 2 at the same time had 17%. Ward 8, also at 2pm, was very strong with about 22% between the two precincts.  In 1 and 2 the democratic turnout was more than double the republican. In Ward 8 it seemed that the gap was a lot closer.

Wards, 3, 4, and 5 (which are critical to Cohen) were very light shortly after noon with turnouts in the low teens.  Ward 7 also had a ver low turnout with 12%.

Ward 6 is the hotspot for any number of reasons and may very well play a pivotal role in this election. The Ward is notoriously a low-turnout ward and at 3pm, the Eastport Community Center had seen a 21.5% turnout. The precinct at the Mt. Moriah Church was considerably lower with 11.8% which is more typical of the way the ward votes.  The Eastport Community Center also has fewer registered voters. This indicated that this precinct is very engaged.   In that precinct, there are 961 registered voters. 588 are democrats, 181 are republicans, and 192 are independent or registered with another party.  At 3pm, there were 141 democratic votes cast representing 24%.  Civic Activist, and Kirby volunteer, Cynthia Carter was spotted brining people to the polls in her car.  

We will be on WNAV 1430 (AM) tonight at 7pm with Professor Dan Nataf and Barbara Cox to discuss the elections.  Please tune in.
This page will tally the election results for the City of Annapolis as residents go to the polls to select a Mayor, and 4 aldermen. 4 aldermanic seats have no challenger.

The results we post will be obtained directly from the polls but are not final. The results are from electronic voting and do not include any provisional or absentee ballots which have been cast.

Annapolis Election Results - November 5, 2013

CANDIDATE
VOTES
PERCENTAGE
Mayor
Joshua Cohen (D)3644
Mike Pantelides (R)3728
Alderman Ward 1
Joe Budge (D)780
Allen Furth (R)579
Alderman Ward 2
Fred Paone (R)760
Kurt Reigel (D)709
Alderman Ward 3
Rhonda Pindell Charles (D)574
Alderman Ward 4
Sheila Finlayson (D)277
Alderman Ward 5
Jared Littmann (D)554
Alderman Ward 6
Kenny Kirby (D)317
Steven Conn (I)260
Alderman Ward 7
Ian Pfeiffer (D)433
James Clenny (R)269
Alderman Ward 8
Ross Arnett (D)993
It will be interesting to compare my predictions on the races made on November 1 with the actual ones. I predicted the Mayor's race would be won by Cohen with 4,409 votes to Pantelides' 3,818.

November 1 prediction: http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2013/11/01/annapolis-election-2013-who-will-win-why/
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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.
  • commonsenseisdead76

    Looks like your prediction was wrong. But we’ll wait for the absentee ballots. And I think you’ll still be wrong.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      Yes it does. A lot about this race and the results have surprised me.

  • https://christiaanconover.com/ Christiaan Conover

    It would be great if these updates were accompanied by timestamps.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      YUP, you are right. Will make sure I remember them!

  • craigpurcell

    John, What do you attribute the unusual strength of the Mayoral Challenger ?

    Give us some political news analysis.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      Working on some thoughts. Immediately I might suggest that Pantelides was VERY visible–signs, mailers, waving. Cohen not so much. I suspect MP spent his money and JC has a lot in reserve.

      As for JC, I think the campaign was poorly managed. I have heard that throughout the term, he did not proactively reach out to his core supporters which left them questioning their support for term 2.

      On the campaign, they needed to do more than fundraiser, a few yard signs and email blasts. Even the wording of the final email was “join us on Tuesday for an Election Eve Party” while MP invited people to join them for “a Victory Party”.

      Personally, JC should have fought for his positions and made it a point to explain the reason behind increased water bills (and why reducing them may not be the best move) etc. But face to face, JC seemed very weak to MP.

      More to come!

      • craigpurcell

        Perhaps it is time for a Council Manager form of Government and get rid of the Politics in the Ancient City.

        Many would be relieved.

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  • commonsenseisdead76

    Well John, today’s the day. Heard any rumblings?

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