Annapolis election update delayed a day

The write-in votes and update on absentee ballot count for Tuesday’s general election will now come in a day later, according to the city board of elections.

Write-ins were hand counted on Wednesday and require a recount, and the city says the update on absentee ballots still needs to be approved.

While the write-ins would not change the results, they would reveal an exact number of votes for surprise write-in candidate Toni Strong Pratt in Ward 4. Votes for Sheila Finlayson outnumbered write-ins 380 to 148.

Pratt said overall it was a good election and she ran a good campaign.

“I’m excited about the amount of people (who) came out,” she said. “People who wouldn’t have come out to vote came out. Even though it wasn’t a great turnout, it was still good. I want people to know i’m still going to be engaged. I’m still going to be doing good things in the community. I’m going to make sure the alderwoman who won is held accountable, and that she has a good relationship with her constituents.”

The fates of wards 2 and 8 are still in the hands of the election board. Tuesday’s unofficial results show Ward 2’s Republican Fred Paone and Democrat Kurt Riegel separated by 18 votes — 780 to 762. In Ward 8, Democrat Ross Arnett holds a 54-vote lead over Republican Julie Mussog, with 846 to 792 votes being reported.

So far, everyone is still in the race.

“I wish results would be sooner, but I’m ready for this (to) be over,” Arnett said.

Paone also said he wished results would come sooner, but he wants the election board to get it right.

When asked if he’s still sticking in the race, Paone responded, “Absolutely.”

Riegel and Mussog could not be reached for comment.

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