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LIVE: Annapolis Election Updates

| November 07, 2013, 07:21 AM | 2 Comments

2013-Election copyNOTE: This is a live blog. Please scroll down to the bottom for latest updates throughout the day as they become available.

On Election Day, there was no defined winner. A mere 84 votes separated Mayor Josh Cohen and his challenger, Mike Pantelides. Today, the appointed 3-person Board of Elections (2 democrats and 1 republican) will canvass the votes and ultimately declare a winner in Tuesday’s heated race.

The results are further complicated by a malfunctioning voting machine in the 7th Ward of the City. The ever-controversial electronic voting machines have been a thorn in the side of election officials state-wide for years. Voters allege there is no record of their vote and that the system is rife for voter fraud.   All electronic votes have been counted with the exception of the one machine. However, if the other machines in the ward are indicative, this machine may give Pantelides an additional 7 votes.

Late last night, Eye On Annapolis learned that the there were 130 provisional (paper) votes cast on Election Day which need to be tallied along with 326 absentee ballots which were returned, plus an additional 15 emergency absentee ballots.   Eye On Annapolis spoke with a democratic activist and was told that he believed 80 to 100 of the returned absentee ballots would favor Cohen.

With absentee ballots generally favoring democratic candidates, this is anyone’s race. And as we suggested last night, it may come down to single digits to separate the winner from the loser.

Challenger, Mike Pantelides is positioning his campaign to challenge the election if needed. Prior to the election, he requested information on the absentee ballots sent and was refused by City Attorney Karen Hardwick (a Cohen appointee) stating that it would violate a voter’s right to privacy. Pantelides also wants to be sure that the integrity of the malfunctioning machine is intact.

We will update this post (live blog) throughout the day with information.  The canvass is pen to the public and begins at 9:00am in the old Parks & Recreation Building at 9 St. Mary’s Street in Annapolis.

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About the Author - John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 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.

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  1. DrivelFree says:

    What I find disheartening and unsurprising is this: Pantelides had a lead, although minimal, he had the lead when the polls closed on Tuesday. It was made clear that
    absentee ballots and those cast via the faulty voting kiosk would still need to be counted. That is more than acceptable. What’s unacceptable is the rhetoric that’s
    been pouring out from Cohen’s team over the last three days. A great example of this, and as noted in this
    blog, was Ashley Heffernan’s statement; “Unfortunately, for thirteen hours and counting, Republican Party operatives (ha, operatives; you’ve got to love the terms used to perpetually pile on distrust to any Republican) have been
    obstructing (strong word, standard political tactic) a true count of the people’s will, challenging every ballot for reasons as petty as Scotch tape (degrade the integrity of the Republicans by drawing parallels to a generic
    household item used to mend torn paper in most cases). Annapolitians deserve better.”

    Let’s analyze the circumstances in which Ashley Heffernan so graciously commented upon. This “bi-partisan” committee that’s counting the votes contains two Democrats and one Republican; if you ask me, that’s anything but
    bi-partisan. One could compare that to two football teams competing for a championship where one team is allowed 12
    players on the field while the other only 11, and it being called fair. Clearly, that’s considered fair in a state
    and a city that hemorrhages blue. A Republican needs to be added or a Democrat needs to be removed for this to be
    fair. Additionally, if it was abundantly clear beyond a reasonable doubt that Cohen received the votes for another term, and with two Democrats leading the effort to count the votes; Pantelides would concede and Cohen would be announced as Mayor of Annapolis for another
    term. Anyone with a nose can smell shenanigans.

    Further, Mayor Cohen uses the ole Democratic standby to substantiate his legitimacy; “Our constitutional right to vote
    is one of our hardest-won rights and one of our most sacred.” Hey Cohen, give me a break. I find it interesting that the only time anyDemocrat tends to use the “constitutional right” argument / statement
    is when it fits their argument. Any other time when the constitution becomes a part of the discussion, it’s in some
    way referred to or made out to be an out of date document that was designed for circumstantial interpretation to fit an agenda. Democrats use this tactic in nearly every election in which they have a good chance of losing; history has made that clear.

    A word of advice to the candidates and their staff; use some humility and keep your mouths closed during this process. Rhetoric, blame, and strong words with negative context make no difference now that poles are closed (it’s a shame it
    works at all, but some people simply don’t both to validate the claims of a candidate on their own). This is getting ridiculous.

  2. craigpurcell says:

    Are we going to see the results on the 6 o’clock news tonight?

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