Elections: Results Announced Later Than Normal in Hyattsville
Voters experienced no major issues with voting.
Update, May 4: Unofficial numbers show that 1,760 residents voted in Hyattsville's elections Tuesday, including absentee ballots.
Greta Mosher, chair of the Hyattsville Board of Elections, said there were about 30 write-in votes and no race had more than seven write-ins.
Scott Brown, a resident for five years, said he found the voting process easy.
For Brown, the big issue this election was roadwork on Crittenden Street.
"It's a colossal problem," he said of the possibility of widening the road. "It's a tough decision, but I don't think they should do it."
Brown is also concerned about the number of trucks on local roads and police enforcement of laws.
Kimberly Crockett, a three-year resident, said she's excited about the city's new development.
In Hyattsville, election results normally come in soon after the polls close at 8 p.m. This year, it was more than two hours before the results were announced at City Hall.
City spokeswoman Abby Sandel was not immediately sure why there was such a long delay but said it may have been due to a larger than usual number of write-in votes.
Original post, May 3, 11:30 a.m.: Straw counts had more than 100 voters come out to cast their ballots in the Ward 2 City Council race in Hyattsville Tuesday morning.
As of 9:30 a.m. fewer than 10 voters had showed up to vote in Ward 4, according to candidate Paula Perry who was sitting in the parking lot at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
According to Greta Mosher, chair of the city's Board of Elections, no major problems have been reported.
"Things are going well for all wards," she said.
City staff was helping with a few voter verification situations, but that's normal, said city spokeswoman Abby Sandel.
There have been no problems so far, she said.
Candidates were out at the polls, talking to voters and answering questions about the elections.
Bill Tierney and Shani Warner (both candidates for Ward 2) sat out under a grove of trees at Magruder Park, where Ward 2 residents can vote. Mayoral candidate LaVonne Leslie and Ward 1 candiates Candace Hollingsworth and Douglas Dudrow camped outside City Hall. Council president and mayoral candidate Marc Tartaro floated around the wards, talking to other candidates and voters.
Patch will update you with more election information as the day goes on. Check back for updates.