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Another Ballot Blunder

Nov . 4th isn't even here.

But the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, already under fire for thousands of unexplained, phantom votes that appeared in initial results during the September primary, may have another big problem on its hands.

And wouldn't you know? The DC Republican Committee is all over it.

A Republican, who lives in Ward 2, received an absentee ballot that was missing the Ward 2 contest between incumbent Jack Evans (D) and GOP challenger Christina Culver.

Elections board spokesman Dan Murphy said the agency is investigating. The ballot was missing the Ward 2 council race but includes the Ward 6 state board of education contest and the race for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 2F03.

Murphy said he was not sure whether the ballot may be a Ward 6 ballot and 2F03 serves Ward 6 residents.

"There are some single member districts that cross ward lines," he said.

The complaint is currently isolated, Murphy said. "This is the only one we've heard about," he said. "If any voter suspects or knows they got the wrong ballot, they should contact us."

Paul Craney, executive director fo the DC Republican Party, said: "We are very concerned and alarmed when a Registered Republican gets an absentee ballot without the name of the Republican candidate for council in Ward 2 Christina Culver. This is very suspicuous being that this was a registered Republican seeking an absentee ballot.

"We hope that the District of Columbia will have a fair election on Nov. 4th but it is very alarming," Craney added.

The board can be reached at 202-727-2525.


By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 23, 2008; 6:06 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Comments

This sounds eerily familiar to another ward 2 republican I know who got the wrong absentee ballot and complained relentlessly about the lack of competence in DC.

When I asked to see his voter registration it was still for his previous residence in Ward 6. He never bothered to contact DC and give them his new address.

While you would think the DC gov’t could narrow voters down based on taxes, etc. the above mentioned person kept his property in Ward 6 to use as a rental unit but never legally registered as a business which is required by DC law. So he never changed his “official” residence to Ward 2, therefore no DC agency knew of his move.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the person in the article didn’t have some similar complications. We probably need to know a few more facts before we jump to our usual blame the DC gov’t and Marion Barry for everything that goes wrong in our lives posts.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 24, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

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