Elections workers from across the region descended Monday on Baltimore to launch a precinct-level review of the city’s primary — days after the state took the unusual step of ordering the results decertified amid irregularities. In a West Baltimore warehouse on North Franklintown Road, dozens of workers under the state’s direction began organizing documents. The state is investigating why the number of votes in the city’s April 26 primary election was higher than the number of people who checked in at the polls. The work began hidden from public view, drawing criticism. Workers told members of the public — including several reporters — they were not welcome inside to observe the process.
State election administrator Linda H. Lamone said the public wasn’t allowed into the warehouse because it has private voter and election information inside. The brick warehouse is where city elections officials store voting machines.
But by Monday afternoon, state elections officials changed their stance, sending an email saying they planned to allow members of the media and campaign representatives to watch the review on Tuesday.