Maryland Board of Elections delays results until all finish voting — two hours after polls meant to close
By Kevin Rector
The Baltimore Sun|
Nov 06, 2018 | 10:40 PM
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.
Update: Voters in a few polling places are still in the process of voting. We will release the unofficial results once they have all finished voting. #MDvotes
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.