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Frank, Tobin, Baughman and Ochs win D3, D6 BOE Primary

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

The Anne Arundel County Board of Elections has announced the official winners of the June 2 board of education election. In District Three Corine Frank of Pasadena and Ken Baughman of Pasadena will go on to be on the November election ballot. In District 6, Joanna Bache Tobin and India Ochs, both of Annapolis will also move on to November's ballot.

District Two only had two candidates vying for the board of education seat. Robert Silkworth of Millersville and Raleigh Turnage of Severn will be on the ballot in November to compete for that seat on the board.

In District Three Frank had 48.1 percent of the total votes with 7,416 ballots cast for her. Baughman had 29.74 of the total votes with 4,595 votes cast for him. Larry Rogers of Severna Park, who did not qualify for November, received 3,437 votes.

In District 6 Tobin received 28.85 percent of the total votes with 4,984 total votes. Ochs received 24.71 percent of the total votes with 4,270 votes case for her.

Joanna Bache Tobin

“I’m thrilled,” Tobin said. “I’m especially thrilled that in this unusual campaign environment my message was able to get through. I’m truly thankful that I was able to connect with voters.”

David Garreis, deputy director of the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections said there have been 128,195 ballots total in the over two dozen contests that were on primary ballots in the county this year. The primary included both the Maryland presidential primary as well as other contests.

“It’s been pedal to the metal for the last nineteen days while we’ve been canvassing,” he said.

Ninety seven percent of the ballots were cast by mail. There were 124,696 vote-by-mail ballots cast, 3,058 ballots cast in person at four vote center before the emergency was declared and 441 provisional ballots, Garreis said.

The board of elections had a staff of 53 to count the vote, including 20 full-time workers and 33 temporary workers.

He explained the process for counting the mail-in votes. The board received the paper ballots and the staff checked them to make sure they were timely and that the oath is signed on the envelope. The envelope is then opened, the ballot removed, and a group of ballots are placed into a high speed scanner that tabulates the votes.

The board of elections had a staff of 53 to count the vote, including 20 full-time workers and 33 temporary workers.

“Maybe one of the biggest challenges in managing this was social distancing,” he said. “Our staff did a fantastic job managing the crisis and then implementing an entirely new process for voting within six weeks.”

“It worked,” he said “It was definitely an election that had challenges...but I think overall it was a successful election. Even though we were in the middle of a public health crisis we tried to make sure that every single eligible voter was able to cast their ballot.”