Absentee votes

Anne Arundel County election judges Erin Treadaway, left, and Chris Singleton process absentee ballots in Glen Burnie Thursday morning. Observing the process are Phil Reeder, left, a supporter of County Council candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka, and Lawrence Scott, a consultant for Republican county executive nominee Steve Schuh. Peroutka was holding on to a slim lead over Maureen Carr-York in the Republican primary for County Council representing the Severna Park and Broadneck area. (Photo by Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun / June 26, 2014)

After the first day of counting absentee ballots on Thursday, a winner had not yet been determined in a Republican primary race for the Anne Arundel County Council.

At the close of the first absentee canvass, Michael Anthony Peroutka held a 16-vote lead over Maureen Carr-York in District 5, which includes Severna Park, Arnold and Broadneck. Incumbent Councilman Dick Ladd remained in third. Peroutka had 2,287 votes to Carr-York's 2,271 votes, according to election data.

A total of 1,791 provisional ballots and remaining absentee ballots will be counted next week.

"We won't know anything until then. The trend is clearly in my favor," said Carr-York, who observed the absentee canvass at the elections office in Glen Burnie. She said she was cautiously optimistic about her chances of winning.

Peroutka could not immediately be reached for comment.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic nominee Patrick Armstrong in the general election.

The first day of absentee counting in Anne Arundel did settle a close race for the Republican nomination for the state Senate in District 30, which includes the Annapolis area and southern Anne Arundel County.

Eric Delano Knowles conceded to Don Quinn, who held a three-vote lead on election night that grew to 42 votes with the first absentee count. Quinn had 3,136 total votes to Knowles' 3,094. Quinn faces incumbent Democratic Sen. John C. Astle in the general election.

"I'm ecstatic, absolutely ecstatic to roll up my sleeves and go to work," Quinn said.

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