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