Election Board Moves Walk-In Voting to Handle Crowds
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has moved its location of where to cast a walk-in absentee ballot to the first floor of 441 Fourth St. NW. The move is meant to accommodate the large numbers of residents who have flooded the offices in recent days to cast ballots in the historic presidential race.
For more than a week the board's second floor offices have been jammed with voters, said spokesman Dan Murphy.
"It has been really good. People have been extremely patient and we have been very pleased with the response," Murphy said. "This may take some pressure off Election Day, but we are still expecting huge numbers of voters at the polls on Nov 4th."
More than 1,200 voters came to cast their ballots yesterday, including some well known local and national personalities. Activist Bill Lucy was among them, as well as Georgetown University professor and author Michael Eric Dyson and his wife, Monica.
"I want to make sure that my voice is heard," Dyson said. "The precious right and responsibility that we have to make this country better. This particular election is the most important election of our generation."
Residents who want to cast a walk-in absentee ballot must provide a reason for why they can't vote on Nov. 4th. The offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 pm.
Hamil R. Harris
October 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories: 2008 Presidential Race
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