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ANC Candidate Tells Council Panel He Wasn't on Ballot

Kent Slowinski, who ran for ANC for the single member district 3D01, told the council's special committee on District voting that after the Nov. 4th election he received a number of emails and calls from residents said they could not find him on their ballots. Slowinski lost by 16 votes.

He said that he ran an aggressive "Fenty-like" door-to-door campaign starting in August and that later voters in precinct 8 and 10 said his name was not on the ballot when they went to vote for him. He gave one account from a married couple in precinct 10. The couple said their candidate's name was on one ballot but not the other. Slowinski's opponent was on both ballots, they said. Slowinski said he waited in line for several hours to vote by walk-in absentee.

When Slowinski called the Board of Elections and asked who he could speak with to look into the matter, he said the B.O.E. employee he spoke with was unaware of whom to connect him to and told him to write a letter.

Once results are certified on Friday, Slowinski has seven days to ask for a recount. He said that he doesn't have the funds to demand a recount and is looking for the council's investigation panel to look into a way of resolving his dilemma.

"My best hope is that the write-ins and the in-person absentee votes will swing the vote in my favor," he said. "I started campaigning a month before my opponent. I think that the people that voted early, I'll get most of those votes.

David Batencourt

By Marcia Davis  |  November 13, 2008; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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