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Baltimore write-in ballots to be closely scrutinized

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, LaVern Murray and other write-in candidates for mayor are busy seeking votes, while instructing voters on how to enter their names on the ballot.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, LaVern Murray and other write-in candidates for mayor are busy seeking votes, while instructing voters on how to enter their names on the ballot.

The names of write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot like Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party contenders or unaffiliated.

Baltimore City Elections Director Armistead Jones says voters should write the first and last name of the candidate on the blank line marked "write-in" but the ballot will still be accepted even if the voter only writes a candidate's last name.

Jones says if a voter misspells the name of a write-in candidate, the ballot may still be accepted.

"The board will look at it and make a determination if it's close to the spelling of the name."

Jones says all ballots where names of write-in candidates are added will be closely scrutinized by elections officials.

"The I.T. department in my office will review them by pulling out the images and turn it over to the board for review."

But Jones admits because of that extra step, write-in candidates may not learn whether or not they won until several days after the November 8 General Election.

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