Hucker Still In Front After First Round of Absentee Vote Count
UPDATE, 9 p.m. July 2- Silver Spring activist Evan Glass conceded the race to opponent Del. Tom Hucker in his Facebook post Wednesday night.
The post read:
“Four sets of ballots have now been counted and the results show that we are in a close second, 1% down out of the nearly 20,000 votes cast.
The campaign is now over but the important work of improving our community continues.
While no one knows exactly what the future will bring – I am absolutely certain of one thing: I will remain deeply committed to my progressive values and will continue fighting for our community, just as I have done for the last decade. I look forward to continuing my public service here in Montgomery County so that together we can create an even better environment for residents to live, work and play.
Thank you all for your love and support.
— with Evan Glass.”
The results of the first canvass of the county’s absentee ballots are in and there has been no lead change in the tight Montgomery County Council District 5 race.
Silver Spring community activist Evan Glass earned 200 votes in this first absentee ballot counting, while Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) picked up 219 votes.
That puts Hucker with 7,506 votes to Glass’ 7,281.
Glass said Monday he’s waiting until the end of the counting to discuss the results.
“I am letting the process play itself out. I continue to let the democratic process play out,” Glass said Monday.
The absentee and provisional ballots are counted in a public process by bipartisan teams of voters during the weeks following the election. Results for each of these ballot-counting sessions, referred to as the “canvasses,” are then added to the Election Day totals before the official results of the election are certified. The canvasses, which are open to the public, begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 18753 N. Frederick Ave., Suite 105, in Gaithersburg.
The first canvass of absentee ballots occurred June 26. Provisional ballots are canvassed beginning July 2, and remaining absentee ballots returned by the statutory deadline will be canvassed on July 7. Statewide certification will follow upon completion of all tabulations.
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