Early certification of Nov. 8 vote shelved by state election board

November 29, 1994|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writer

A proposal to certify the official outcome of Maryland's Nov. 8 general election a week earlier than planned apparently has fizzled.

Gene M. Raynor, the state elections administrator, said yesterday that the Board of State Canvassers, the five-member panel that certifies election results, will meet Dec. 7, as originally planned, instead of tomorrow, as he proposed last week.

Mr. Raynor said he did not receive an answer from the apparent loser in the governor's race, Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey, about the possible scheduling change and decided to leave the schedule alone.

"I don't want to change horses in the middle of the stream and have them yell we took seven days away from them," said Mr. Raynor, who also serves as secretary to the board.

Mrs. Sauerbrey has said she believes that voter fraud may have contributed to the victory margin of Democrat Parris N. Glendening, the apparent governor-elect and that she may contest the results.

Under the law, Mrs. Sauerbrey has 20 days from the certification by the Board of State Canvassers -- which consists of the Maryland secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, attorney general and clerk of the Court of Appeals -- to challenge the election.

That means she would have until Dec. 27 to act, instead of Dec. 20, under Mr. Raynor's earlier proposal.

With just over 1.4 million votes cast, Mr. Glendening appears to have won the governor's race with exactly a 6,000-vote margin over Mrs. Sauerbrey, 708,086 to 702,086, according to certified tallies by the state's 24 local election boards.

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