Sue Johnson

Candidate Sue Johnson visits with her neighbors Jane Smith and her husband Charlie Smith on election night as she awaits returns for the Board of Education race. The pair are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.

Official results for the Frederick County Board of Election race have yet to be called, although Sue Johnson continues to maintain her lead over the other candidates.

Frederick County Election Director Stuart Harvey said late Friday that there are still about 3,000 provisional ballots and fewer than 200 mail-in ballots to be canvassed. Canvassing will continue on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

The state Board of Elections website reported the following results, as of Friday evening, for the top four candidates in the Board of Education race:

  • Sue Johnson:
  • 59,613 votes
  • Jason ‘Mr. J’ Johnson:
  • 45,490 votes
  • David Bass:
  • 42,077 votes
  • Rae Gallagher:
  • 40,608 votes

Harvey said earlier in the week that he expects Sue Johnson to finish in the top three.

The four leaders, plus Lois Jarman, Dean Rose and write-in candidate Paulette Anders, are vying for three seats on the Board of Education. The four-year term of those winners will begin in December.

Numbers for Paulette Anders remained “not reported” as of Friday. Harvey said in an email that official results for Anders will not come until the very end of the process.

“Write-ins have to be entered into the state system, and that takes time,” he said.

Per state election law, each write-in vote must be diligently checked for full names and correct spellings. If Anders’ name is misspelled by even one letter, the vote will not be counted.

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(4) comments


if everything was on the same ballot then why is this not finished like every other thing on the ballot was?


Nothing was officially done till now. You have to look at the number of ballots left to count and the difference between candidates. It wasn't known if Biden would maintain more votes in Frederick County, although it was known early that he would win Maryland. Nothing different this year.


Ten days post election and the BOE votes still are being counted!?!? Ridiculous.


It's always that way for counting. If the number of votes still to be counted is more than the difference between candidates, then the winners aren't known until the counting is done. Ask Councilman Jerry Donald how this goes. He won both of his elections with the final vote count.

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