Baltimore Prepares To Head To The Polls For General Election

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect top city officials.

Political reporter Pat Warren reports voter turnout is expected to be light.

Suppose you held an election and nobody came.

“For some reason, the citizens are not exercising that right to vote,” said Board of Elections Director Armstead Jones.

Jones predicts a turnout of less than 15 percent.

“I would say 10 to 12 percent, which is very bad and very low,” Jones said.

The three citywide races—for mayor, council president and comptroller—were most likely decided in the September primary, though only the comptroller is running unopposed.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a Republican challenger, Alfred Griffin, who has campaigned on YouTube.

“Thirty-thousand residents and 53,000 jobs have left Baltimore since 2000. To become an economic success again, Baltimore needs a new way forward,” Griffin said.

WJZ was unable to reach Griffin for an interview Monday.

Rawlings-Blake is ready for Tuesday.

“It feels like it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been sending out mailers and encouraging people to vote,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Voter turnout could prove critical in the 7th district, where incumbent Belinda Conaway is running a write-in campaign after losing the primary to newcomer Nick Mosby and 13th district Councilman Warren Branch is challenged by write-in newcomer Shannon Sneed.

But voter apathy could rule the day.

“And of course the primary was very low, as well. We only had 23.2 percent of the folk to come out and vote,” Jones said.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Results of the write-in campaigns won’t be released until later this week.

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  • bmoregyrl

    The city don’t vote because they don’t care, if they cared then they would come out and vote for someone who will not cut the police and fire dept. City forks get what they get because they don’t care. So good luck to everyone who lives in the city. I am so happy I am not a city employee. God help my friends in the police and fire dept. because you will need it. Just saying.

  • Bernard Mc Kernan

    All the black sheeple will fall in line & vote Democratic across party lines. What fools.
    They wonder why the city is crimbling while middle men & the fat azz Mayor is getting rich with the likes of a Grand Prix race. Schools are failing, property taxes the higest anywhere & business has fled the city & state. But don’t ya’ll worry bumpkins. we will throw you a few bones now & then.

  • ciara

    I’m a democrat but I will never ever vote for Stephanie. She has made this city worst than it ever was.

  • crzylady

    Just let the next worthless democrat stand up and get crowned king or queen of baltimore. Schaefer was the last mayorto give a dam about baltimore since then it has been a host of money power grabbing garbage.

  • inmyopinion

    “For some reason, the citizens are not exercising that right to vote,” said Board of Elections Director Armstead Jones.

    If you have been convicted of a felon then you lose your right to vote. That alone eliminates half of Baltimore’s population.

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