Voting Irregularities Interrupt Count
Initial reports of voter tallies have been called into question as the Board of Elections and Ethics finds itself embroiled in chaos. The numbers in the GOP primary between Carol Schwartz and Patrick Mara are not matching up, with more votes---including 1,560 write-ins---showing up than the number of registered Republicans believed to have voted in the election.
Schwartz had a representative on hand at the board headquarters last night.
Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans and representatives from challenger Cary Silverman's campaign were also at board headquarters last night. Evans said his workers had numbers that showed about 6,000 Democrats voted in the closed primary, but there were as many as 9,000 votes being counted from Ward 2 last night.
Essentially, what had been believed to be an easy day of low voter turnout and no major mishaps at the polls, quickly descended into confusion. All bets were off in both the Ward 2 results and the heated contest between Mara and Schwartz.
September 9, 2008; 10:44 PM ET
Categories: 2008 District Election
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