Maryland Board of Elections delays results until all finish voting — two hours after polls meant to close

The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland State Board of Elections did not post election results online on Tuesday night until after 10 p.m. — two hours after polls were meant to close in the state.

The reason, said board administrator Linda Lamone, was that some voters were still casting ballots.

By law, voters in line at 8 p.m., when the polls were meant to close, had to be allowed to vote, she said. And in Towson and Prince George’s County, it took more than two hours for those lines to clear, she said.

Lamone said the board had asked counties to hold back from posting results online until all results statewide were in, as well, though some did not.

"It's my understanding that some have gone ahead and posted it anyway, but we have asked them not to," Lamone said.

Lamone said that was not a departure from the past.

As of 10 p.m., she said she understood there were still people waiting to vote in Towson and in Prince George's County, but she said she was not aware of any locations that still had large lines. Baltimore County officials said that the last of the voters, at Towson University, managed to vote shortly after 10 p.m.

Lamone said she had reports that some polling stations in Prince George's County were short on paper ballots for a time, but said "as far as we know, the ballots have been delivered to all of the polling places."

No polling stations had extended their hours beyond accommodating those voters who were in line at 8 p.m., she said.

She contributed the fact that people were still waiting to vote two hours after polls were meant to close to large turnout, and not to any more specific problems. “It’s happening all over the country,” she said.

After the last voters cast their ballots shortly after 10 p.m., a large percentage of statewide results quickly posted to the State Board of Elections website.

Overall, Lamone said things had gone "fairly smoothly" in the state.

"Unfortunately, I think the weather pushed a lot of the turnout to this afternoon," she said, "but there were no big issues."

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