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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.

By Marcia Davis  |  September 9, 2008; 10:44 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Leave it to DC to have "voting irregularities" on a very slow voting day. The only good thing the DCBOEE has going for it is their new website.

DC is a big bureaucracy with over 30,000 workers...thats about one in 10 voters. They need to continue to slash the workforce. They cut unfilled jobs this year and need to keep doing the same of it in order to run an effective and efficient city.

Also, Congress will be stepping in to rewrite DC law about guns because we couldn't get it done right the first time. Think about it, if the administration or Council re-wrote the gun laws correctly after the ruling we wouldnt be in this case.

However, they took the "safe" route so others could sue the City again and the Courts can refine it. Bad idea. The Supreme Court ruled and now we must follow it. They played cat and mouse and will be eaten up with their tactics.

Posted by: localGOP | September 9, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

What else would you expect from a third-world banana republic like DC? When you walk into any DC government office, the only thing missing from a banana republic office is the ubiquitous framed portrait of the current strongman dictator. I have to admit that Fenty would look pretty silly in a white military uniform dripping with gold insignia. That's Kathy Lanier's job.

Posted by: HisRoc | September 10, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: katrina | September 10, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Do not let the VA fool you. I live in the District but it is impossible to edit names on the Post's web site.

On the contrary, my wife and I have found, after an 11-year absence, a quantum leap in the courtesy and competence of DC employees. We did all the necessary things, with the local Metropolitan Police office, Metro, DMV and the tax office, and found people uniformly helpful and friendly, and the customer service outstanding. A huge contrast to the earlier experiences endured by this life-long DC resident. Whatever it is, keep it up, I say.

And overall, the living experience in DC has improved 100%, so a glitch in the voting process bothers me not at all. My guess is the sudden appearance of absentee ballots represent behind-the-scenes maneuvers by the Schwartz forces, which of course include organized labor. The AFL-CIO types know how to pad votes. Worst case: a second vote. So what?

Posted by: JohnR(VA) | September 10, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

hello- in most wards there was NO city council race, so I assume MANY people wrote in for Mara or Schwartz on democratic ballots.

Posted by: Tom Aloisi | September 10, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Agree with JohnR ... the "banana republic" comments are really outdated. I moved into DC last year, dealt with DMV, parking office, police precinct, voter registration ... everyone was courteous and helpful. I'm proud to call DC home.

Posted by: MaryS | September 10, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

All on Fent's watch! Why am I not supprised?

Posted by: Collen | September 10, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Tom, where exactly do you think these "many" Democrats would have written Schwartz or (more bizarrely) Mara in? Kwame Brown was running (unopposed) for at-large on the Democratic ballot, so you think they wrote in a Republican rather than voting for him?

Posted by: KCinDC | September 10, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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