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Donna Edwards Has Two Sample Ballots

Rosalind Helderman

Congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards may have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.), but not all voters Maryland's 4th congressional district will get that message.

My colleague Nelson Hernandez, visiting polling places, picked up a so-called "sample ballot" being handed out by Edwards' poll workers at the East Silver Spring Elementary School in Montgomery County. On that ballot, Edwards' name was checked, circled and highlighted, but no recommendation was offered in the Democratic presidential primary. At the top is the message: Vote for Change. Vote Donna Edwards.

Meanwhile, Hernandez picked up an Edwards' sample ballot at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro. On this ballot, Obama's name received Edwards-like treatment--checked, circled and highlighted. And at the top? Vote for Change. Vote Obama-Edwards.

Edwards' spokesman Dan Weber confirmed the campaign printed two versions of the ballot, one before Edwards endorsed Obama last week and a new version afterward. He said both ballots were distributed throughout the district and denied targeting Montgomery or Prince George's polling places.

"We just had a huge stack of each of them. We just threw them in together, and they were handed to our workers as they came and picked stuff up," he said. "There was no targeting or anything."

Meanwhile, Wynn's literature was also not identical at the two polilng places. At Evangel, Hernandez was given a Wynn brochure, with a sample ballot tucked inside featuring both Wynn and Obama. In Silver Spring? He got the Wynn brochure only--no sample ballot at all.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 12, 2008; 3:11 PM ET
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