College Park special election hinges on absentee ballots


Election day came and went, but voters in College Park’s District Two will have to wait days to learn who their new City Council representative is as election officials there wait to count absentee ballots.

Sound familiar?

Preliminary results released Nov. 8, 2020, show Llatetra Brown Esters leading with 69 votes compared with rivals Ron Cameau and Lindsay Dively, who got 50 and 11 votes, respectively. But those were only votes cast at the College Park Community Center on election day Nov. 8, 2020. Hundreds of absentee ballots were mailed out, and those results have not been tabulated. 

The winner will replace former Councilor PJ Brennan, who resigned his seat earlier this year after moving out of District Two, which includes the Berwyn and Lakeland neighborhoods. 

The city will count the absentee ballots received on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. According to city officials, 215 absentee ballots were mailed out before election day, and another 11 provisional ballots were cast on election day but have not been tabulated. 

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