Absentee ballots are too much for Miller

Anti-war activist is overtaken by Frank

Boteler wins in District 8

November 11, 2006|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter

Anti-war candidate Tracy Miller appeared to have lost in her race for a seat in Maryland's House of Delegates, as election officials tabulated absentee ballots yesterday in Baltimore County.

Miller was overtaken by Republican Del. William J. Frank for the third House seat in a district that includes Towson, Timonium and Lutherville.

Miller, who had been clinging to a seven-vote lead after election night, said yesterday she wasn't holding out hope that the few remaining ballots to be counted would be enough for her to win.

"I'm disappointed," she said. "But I'm very proud of the way we ran the campaign."

Miller, an adjunct English professor at Towson University, became a candidate as a tribute to her son, Nicholas Ziolkowski, a Marine who was killed in Fallujah at the age of 22 in November 2004.

Frank was waiting at the county's Board of Elections office in Catonsville yesterday when workers finished counting absentee ballots for the districts with the closest contests.

"I'm glad it's over," said Frank, after calculating the totals by hand to confirm his lead. "I think the Republicans in the district heeded the governor's call to vote by absentee ballot."

That contest was one of two legislative races in the county that were swayed by the absentee ballot count.

Republican Del. Joseph C. Boteler III, who had trailed after Election Day votes were counted, will return to the House for a second term representing District 8, which includes Perry Hall, Parkville and part of Rosedale. He gained 2,325 votes from absentee ballots yesterday.

The absentee ballot count gave Democratic challenger Todd Schuler a 105-vote edge over Democrat Ruth Baisden for the third seat in that district. The race appeared to be the only one in the county whose result remained uncertain. Election workers counted absentee ballots for the districts with close races before others but still could receive a small number of absentee ballots, mostly from overseas, for those races. Also, provisional ballots have yet to be counted.

"I'm still in the running, I guess," said Baisden, a Parkville community activist.

Del. Eric M. Bromwell remained the top vote-getter in that race.

Election workers planned to continue counting absentee ballots through the weekend. All of the absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Nov. 7. Election workers planned to begin tabulating provisional ballots Monday.

In the 42nd District, Frank picked up 2,990 votes and Miller received 1,551 votes by absentee ballots. After yesterday's count, Republican Del. Susan Aumann appeared to be the top vote-getter in that contest. Democrat Stephen Lafferty, a government planning official from Towson, also won a seat.

laura.barnhardt@baltsun.com

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