June 3, 2020 at 11:42 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Ballot error delays Baltimore election results
From left, Phillip Westry and Akil Patterson (Photos courtesy of Westry and Patterson)

A ballot error prompted the Maryland Board of Elections to delay the release of the final results of Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reported SeaChange sent ballots with an incorrect title to voters in the city’s District 1. The Baltimore Sun noted the Minnesota-based company failed to correct the mistake.

Akil Patterson, a gay man who is running to represent District 13 in the City Council, on Wednesday sharply criticized election officials. Patterson told the Washington Blade in an email he also expects “legal action is going to follow.”

“This election is a sham and the voters of Baltimore got the middle finger from the state board of elections,” said Patterson. “They have at this point rescinded all votes and are going to have to count again. This means that the people of Baltimore will not know today.”

Phillip Westry, who is also gay, is running against Council member Robert Stokes in District 12.

Early results in Baltimore’s mayoral primary indicate former Mayor Sheila Dixon leads the race in the Democratic primary to succeed Catherine Pugh, who resigned in May 2019 amid the “Healthy Holly” children’s books scandal. Dixon herself resigned amid her own legal issues.

The Blade will update this story.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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