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Fenty campaign trying to include unaffiliated voters in primary

Nikita R Stewart

The campaign for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is trying to get the Board of Elections and Ethics to reverse a recent decision and allow "no party" voters to cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

According to an Aug. 20 letter to the board from Marc Elias, an attorney for the campaign, the Fenty camp met in July with the board's general counsel, Kenneth McGhie, who gave the nod to allow such voters to participate in the Sept. 14 primary.

The decision was crucial to the Fenty campaign, which is hoping to expand the electorate in the Democratic primary against main opponent Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

But the board adopted emergency rules Aug. 12 that prohibit unaffiliated voters from participating in the primary.

Elias wrote in the letter that the emergency rules are not consistent with past elections and that voters who may have wanted to become Democrats to participate were disenfranchised. New election laws, which include same-day voter registration and early voting, require voters to pick a party within 30 days of an election. That means voters had until Aug. 16 to affiliate with a party to vote.

Elias wrote in the letter that the emergency rules made Aug. 12 did not give enough time and notice to voters to become Democrats by Aug. 16. He requested that an emergency hearing be held to consider the request of the Fenty campaign before early voting begins Aug. 30.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 23, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Democratic primary, Vincent C. Gray, no party  
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Comments

Another DC employee carrying Fenty's water.
Fenty is the one seeking to disenfranchise the voters of DC.

Please put a stop to this attempt to hijack this election. Kenneth McGhie sounds like a crook who is the pocket of Fenty and his thugs.

Posted by: guylady201001 | August 23, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

When you are losing you try anything. This is a Democratic primary- Fenty will just have to try to get Democratic votes. That his how he won in 2006 and may be how he will lose in 2010. Let's not change the rules midstream. He didn't like when the Council wanted to change the rules and vetoed it- now he should live with the rules.

Posted by: peterdc | August 23, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Do not let Fenty hijack this election. This is why we need Federal oversight of this election. I think 5 Federal Attorneys have been committed. 5 is not enough.

He is real desperate. He knows he is losing. Just say good by and go away Fenty. WE DO NOT WANT YOU AS MAYOR. YOU FOOLED US ONCE YOU WILL NOT FOOL US A SECOND TIME.

Take your thug friends and go have a good run and swim.

Posted by: diahhna | August 23, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. Justice Department need to be called in to monitor the September 14, 2010 election because King Fenty is scared and he's going to do whatever to highjack the election to his favor.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Another example of Fenty trying to steal something. I thought he was going to practice humility?

Posted by: DCResident3 | August 23, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Fenty thinks the District residents are like deceased people with estates he can steal from. It didn't work when he was a failed practicing attorney and it will not work now.

Why is an incumbent scrambling to get unaffiliated voters to vote in the Democratic primary?

He must hear the fat lady warming up in her dressing room.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 23, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

He's getting very desperate because he knows he lost a large population of the city that once believed in him or were fooled by his lies of transparency and a mayor for everybody. If this law is to change under Fenty's request I would really start to believe that their is a possibility of foul play involved with the elections committee.

Posted by: Quedog79 | August 24, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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