After errors in primary election, civic groups recruiting citizen poll watchers

Some 1,650 ballots were mishandled in Baltimore’s primary election, and watchdog groups are calling for volunteer poll watchers to ensure the mistakes are not repeated.

Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections, a group born from the primary errors, called Tuesday morning for volunteers throughout Baltimore and beyond.

“We want to work with election judges,” organizer Hassan Giordano said, “to make sure their job is smooth and goes off without a hitch.”

Giordano said about 60 people have volunteered from VOICE, Maryland 20-20 Watch and the Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But he said more volunteers are needed.

He hopes to recruit 100 people to monitor the busiest polling places.

“It’s not every location that has a problem,” he said. “It’s the larger ones we’ve seen with multiple precincts.”

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