Mail-In & Drop Box Ballots From Frederick City Primary Elections To Be Counted Starting Thursday

The Board of Elections says more than 5,000 ballots will need to be counted.

Frederick, Md (KM) The counting of the mail-in and drop box ballots in the Frederick City Primary Election begins on Thursday. The County’s Board of Elections estimates more than 5,000 ballots  need to be counted.

The canvassing will continue on Friday, and possibly on Saturday and Sunday.

In the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday, Incumbent Mayor Michael O’Connor came out on top, followed by Alderman Roger Wilson, former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty and candidate John Funderburk. In the Aldermanic race, newcomer Katie Nash was the top vote getter, followed by incumbents Derek Shackelford, Kelly Russell, Donna Kuzemchak and Ben MacShane.  Chris Sparks and Robert Van Rens came in 6th and 7th respectively.

On the Republican side, Steve Garrahy came in number one, and Steven Hammrick was second. There were only two GOP Aldermanic candidates, Robert Fischer and Michelle Shay They will move on to the General Election on November 2nd.

Election officials say Tuesday’s result was 8% of the vote, and only included those who cast their ballots in person during early voting, or on Election Day.

The counting of the mail-in or drop box ballots will take place on Thursday, September 16th, and Friday, September 17th. That process may continue on Saturday, September 18th, or Monday, September 20th. The results for each day will be posted at, the city’s Cable Channel 99, and the city’s YouTube channel.

The election results will be certified on Tuesday morning, September 21st at 9:00 AM.  That will also be broadcast on Channel 99 and the city’s You Tube Channel. .

By Kevin McManus