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Mayor Fenty appeared on the Bruce DePuyt show this afternoon on News Ch. 8 and DePuyt tried to pin him down on what went wrong with last night's elections. But Fenty didn't have much to offer, citing the same explanation given by the elections board, which blamed a faulty cartridge in a single polling precinct for mixing up the numbers.

DePuyt cited the problems in February's presidential primary, when the city ran out of ballots, and asked the mayor: "You could say we're 0 for 2 in terms of smooth functioning elections... Is the elections apparatus in the city functioning as it should?"

Fenty responded: "If you ask me whether anything in the entire world is functioning as it should, if you're talking to Bill Gates who runs his corporation, or whoever is running any other top 50 corporation, of course not. Nothing is running exactly as it should. If you did, we wouldn't be human beings. There are a million things to do, and I could point to every one of the 40-some-odd agencies under me. The point is what you're supposed to do is make every single preparation you could think of and every management decision you could think of, have them ready to go and if something goes wrong fix it as quickly as possible and try to make sure it never happens again."

By David A Nakamura  |  September 10, 2008; 4:41 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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His company exists in order to make a profit, which is a much different 'bottom line' than city governance. Voting is one of the most tangible pieces of our 'democracy' and should be handled with the utmost care.....and not treated like a faulty computer chip.

Posted by: Bill Gates is in business for profit. | September 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

This is a very serious issue, and to offer excuses is unacceptable. The most effective approach is to look into the problems that exist and make sure they are resolved before November's election process.

Posted by: cheryle | September 11, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

How long will residents stand for this inept form of management? What do the $53 million summer program and the Board of Elections embarrassment have in common? A style of management that blindly goes in just replaces everyone(for no reason) who knows how to get the job done--with inexperienced people who don't and can't.

Posted by: A Friend | September 11, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

The rub with folk is that voter irregularities is such a national sore point that we do not wish to have that focus on us as a City - he should be concerned about the screw up - evident by the print paper having it on the A section and not on the Metro section. None of the screw ups from the summer jobs fiasco made the A section.

I will give him the "CEO explanation" he gave on agencies that have been for years screwed up - DOES/DCPS/DCHD/DDOT but he does not get a pass on this one - particularly since he has made appointments to the board of elections of people that are close to him and are loyal to him.

Posted by: Chapin | September 11, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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