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Cheh Continues To Look Into Misprinted Ballot

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), chairman of the special committee investigation the elections board, and her staff have found that the absentee ballot received this week by a voter was misprinted.

The DC Republican Committee was all over the latest local election debacle when a Republican voter, who lives in Ward 2, received the absentee ballot that was missing the Ward 2 council race and included a Ward 6 state school board contest.

The Board of Elections and Ethics first said it could be a Ward 6 ballot. But officials now know that it was misprinted but appears to have been sent to one voter. Cheh's staff reviewed more than 250 ballots and found no other errors.

Cheh, however, remained upset with the elections board, which is under investigation because of thousands of phantom votes that appeared in initial results during the Sept. 9 primary and running out of ballots during the presidential primary in February.

"I am disappointed that this happened because there is no reason that this ballot design should have been created or printed. My office will continue to pursue this issue until it has been entirely resolved," Cheh said in a press release today.

The press release breaks the incident down like this: "When Councilmember Cheh's staff went to the Board of Elections and Ethics to investigate the details of this ballot problem, they discovered that there were two mistakes. The first mistake, by the Board of Elections and Ethics, was ordering an incorrect ballot design to be printed. The second mistake, by Sequoia Voting Systems, was sending the improper ballot to the voter. "

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 24, 2008; 12:39 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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They need to do an exorcism over at Election and Ethics. There seems to be an awful lot of mysterious stuff that "just happens" over there.

Posted by: washpost4 | October 24, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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