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Analysis: Improperly scanned ballots too few to affect outcomes of Baltimore City Council primary races

Analysis: Improperly scanned ballots too few to affect outcomes of Baltimore City Council primary races

The irregularities in Baltimore's primary election weren't extensive enough to affect the mayor's race, but what about City Council contests?

The State Board of Elections reported last month that 1,188 provisional ballots were improperly scanned — without verification that the voters were registered — in the primary election in April.

That's too few votes to affect the outcome of the Democratic primary for mayor, where state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon by more than 2,400 votes.

But only hundreds of votes separate competitors in council races. An analysis of election data by The Baltimore Sun shows that the potentially invalid...

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