The Baltimore City Board of Elections canvasses the ballots in the Democratic primary District 1 Council race.
After a two-day delay, Baltimore elections workers on Friday began counting ballots delivered by mail or placed in drop boxes since the weekend.
The election board has received about 130,700 Democratic ballots as of Friday, according to figures released by the state. That’s roughly 43% of those sent to the city’s 300,000 eligible, registered Democratic voters. Ballots are expected to continue coming in over the next several days.
So far, the only returns available are based on about 75,000 of the ballots that voters delivered by mail or placed in election drop boxes prior to primary day, and another 3,800 votes cast in person on Tuesday.
In those early returns, former Mayor Sheila Dixon led with 30% of the vote, followed by City Council President Brandon Scott with about 25%. Former U.S. Treasury Department official Mary Miller rounded out the top three with 17%.
About 133,000 people voted in the 2016 Democratic mayoral primary.
City elections officials did not count ballots Wednesday. The canvass on Thursday was devoted to the Democratic primary in Council District 1 in Southeast Baltimore, where the state elections board reported incorrect returns Tuesday due to a printing error on some ballots.
The city elections board said in the chatroom of its livestream of the canvass that workers were scheduled to count ballots until about 7 p.m. Friday.
Nearly 4,500 ballots were counted by noon.
The city board will send the day’s returns to the state elections board and said the state should post them on its website about 8 p.m.