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Update: Son Votes For Father With Waiver

Republican Nelson F. Rimensnyder, who ran for shadow senator, lost his race Tuesday.

But he did get the satisfaction of having his son vote for him.

James Rimensnyder, an Army captain currently at an Army base in Germany, was not mailed a local ballot despite requesting one from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. He contacted his father Saturday to let him know that he had only received a federal ballot. It would be impossible to get another ballot to postmark by Tuesday.

Elections officials, however, e-mailed him a ballot and provided him with a waiver to vote, said Lisa Nickerson, James Rimensnyder's mother.

Nickerson wrote in an e-mail: "He was then able to fill out the forms, scan them, and e-mail them back to the Board. We are also grateful to General Counsel, Mr. Kenneth McGhie, and to Dan Murphy, Press Officer, for their assistance in finding a way to make the situation right. The District Government doesn't always perform as well as we would like, but the Board of Elections really came through this time. We are profoundly grateful."

In an interview, she said her family knew that her husband would likely lose the election, but having a son vote for his father was meaningful. "That was the most important thing," Nickerson said.

In her e-mail, she also thanked elections employee Darlene Horton for e-mailing the correct ballot.

"There is a happy ending," she said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  November 6, 2008; 12:51 PM ET
 
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