(BALTIMORE – May 20, 2016) – In a stunning manner, Maryland State Board of Elections Linda Lamone dropped the bomb yesterday. In addition to the issues raised by VOICE (Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections) last week such as missing thumb drives, poor training for judges, and late opening polls – the State Board is raising other questions. For instance, Channel 13’s coverage last night highlighted that there were provisional ballots scanned at the polls that should have been held until later.
Her words suggest that VOICE was really on-point to raise questions since the election, while at first doing so was odd. And then came the de-certification by the State Board.
Many people in Baltimore are probably glad to hear this news as many of us believe that this election was fraught with serious issues. Further, many of us believe that the results did not add up.
We are grateful that this bungled Primary Election in Baltimore is getting the necessary attention. The future of our city depends on it. When I think of what our hometown has gone through with the riots last year and now the trials again for the officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, it is clear that our city is in need of a healing.
FACT: You cannot get healing unless you deal with the pain. For too long, the establishment has ignored the needs of the people. The City of Baltimore has been far too rude to the masses of black people, and that is why riots erupted: People were tired. Many are still dissatisfied with how this city operates, the wealth it spends downtown, and the neglect it fosters on the Eastside, the Westside, and uptown.
Just like an addict, unless we face our issues – like racism, like classism – we, as a city, will never get better. We will never heal.
Getting this election right is essential to the well-being of Baltimore. The last thing this city can afford is to have the wrong leader. We need a leader – leaders – who are going to keep the people first. This is about our lives!
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