Today is the day citizens across the city cast their ballot in primary elections, and that means operatives for the candidates—or perhaps merely disgruntled neighbors—are up to some shady shit. That and stuff that should be functioning normally is not. Here's a roundup so far:
Ryan Dorsey, a Democrat running for City Council in the 3rd District, says he woke up to find his tires slashed.
Somebody thinks slashing my tires is an effective way of undoing the last year+1/2 of real campaign work I've done. #slashedtiresdontvote— Elect Ryan Dorsey (@electryandorsey) April 26, 2016
Sheila Dixon's campaign is claiming robocalls are going out that say the former mayor has dropped out of the race. She responded in a Facebook post that she's still in it.
Some polling places did not open on time and had faulty machines.
@lukebroadwater ward 11 precinct 5 opened late and the machines couldn't find voters so we had to vote provisionally— Drew Monger (@Drew_Monger) April 26, 2016
I cast my ballot, but a lot of frustration at my polling place because of disorganization and equipment not ready to go at 7AM @ABC2NEWS— Catherine Hawley (@CatherineABC2) April 26, 2016
Update: My polling place doesn't have pens. You know...the pens needed to complete the paper ballot. ¿¿¿¿ #Baltimore— Dr. Cornrow West (@jazzmen_k) April 26, 2016
@lukebroadwater There were some issues with the ballots scanning at my polling place at Margaret Brent ES this morning.— Adam Bednar (@Bmorejourno) April 26, 2016
The Pugh campaign had too many people at its offices trying to get jobs. When it looked like the Pugh campaign wouldn't have enough jobs for everyone, those people got angry.
Near the line pic.twitter.com/r7LnvDCbhv— Jessica Anderson (@janders5) April 26, 2016
Some widows smashed of vans near Pugh crowd. Tires slashed. pic.twitter.com/J25P14jXd8— Jessica Anderson (@janders5) April 26, 2016
BPD has charged 53 y/o man w/destruction of property for using rock or brick to break the window of a security van at HQ of @PughForMayor— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) April 26, 2016
Oh, and people didn't get their damn "I Voted" stickers.
UPDATE: Billy Murphy, a supporter of Democratic Senate nominee Donna Edwards, is taking legal actions over precincts opening late.
.@DonnaFEdwards camp concerned abt a half dozen precincts that opened late in Baltimore today; filing a complaint "with a judge." More TK.— John Fritze (@jfritze) April 26, 2016
Representing Edwards in the legal effort to keep Baltimore polls open is Billy Murphy, longtime atty who also represents Freddie Gray fam.— John Fritze (@jfritze) April 26, 2016
UPDATE (7:39 p.m.) Judge Althea M. Handy ruled that four polling locations—John Eager Howard Elementary School, Beth Am Synagogue, Oliver Multi-purpose Center, and Pimlico Elementary School can stay open until 9 p.m., because those precincts opened 45 minutes late or more.
They ran out of provisional ballots at 7pm at Paca, people essentially being denied the right to vote at this pt. Cmon #BaltimoreElection— Pat Lundberg (@PattyPhil) April 26, 2016
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Saying "thanks for voting" now met with "I didn't vote". We're trying to get folks to wait ballots,but they're like "nah, f*ck it, I'm out"— Pat Lundberg (@PattyPhil) April 26, 2016