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Voters can stamp 'Fenty' on ballots

Washington Post staff

By Tim Craig
Voters who plan to write in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on their ballots in the Nov. 2 general election won't even have to write.

With early voting starting tomorrow at five satellite sites in D.C. neighborhoods, The Write Fenty In Campaign has armed volunteers with "stampers" that they are giving to to those who want to cast their vote for Fenty even though his name is not on the ballot.

Josh Lopez, one of the leaders of the Write-In Fenty campaign, said volunteers hand the stampers containing Fenty's full name to voters as they walk into the polls. A voter then must fill in the oval next to the "write in" slot on paper ballots and use the stamper to cast their write-in vote.

A voter who uses an electronic machine will still have to type in Fenty's name, but the stampers are another sign that the write-in campaign is somewhat organized.

"It just makes it more convenient," Lopez said of the stampers. "If you don't know how to spell his name or don't want to go through the whole process, it's a convenience issue. You just stamp his name."

Earlier this week, Lopez said some staff members for Democratic primary winner Vincent Gray complained when they saw the stampers being used at the early voting site at Judiciary Square. But Lopez said he quickly pointed out to elections officials that the stampers are legal. Lopez said former Mayor Anthony Williams also used stampers during his successful 2002 write-in effort after he failed to qualify for the ballot.

While the write-in campaign has almost no chance of success, the effort appears to be causing D.C. Council Chairman Gray to step up his get-out-the-vote efforts

Earlier today, the Write Fenty In campaign sent out a statement complaining that a steady stream of taxirs carrying Gray supporters were arriving at Judiciary Square to cast early ballots. The taxi drivers are coordinating with the Gray campaign to ferry his supporters to the polls, a tactic that was also used during the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

By Tim Craig  | October 22, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Taxis, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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conspiracy theorists descend in 4....3....2...1....


"That's what the internet is for. Slandering others anonymously"

Posted by: DCref | October 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the stamps...

Stamps or no stamps.. i plan to write-in Fenty...
Now with Rhee gone, and Rubin gone, and unions, and prison advocates supporting white collar crime supporting Gray....

The Write in will definitively be more active.....

Posted by: pdv1 | October 22, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I predicted this and here's what I posted on DC Wire on 10/18/10:

"Dang, I guess tomorrow Tim Craig will publish the Write Fenty campaign's "how to vote flier" with detailed instruction on how to spell Fenty's complete name--including middle initial--and what type of lead pencil to use.

Tim, where is your freakin disclaimer that’s required for campaign ads? "
Tim, I wish you would have proved me wrong and I'm still waiting for your Write-In Fenty campaign ad disclosure.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 22, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

INDEPENDENTS FOR FENTY!!! Where is my STAMP!!! Don't vote for Marian Berry Jr!

Posted by: theleakdc202 | October 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Gold Coast.. are you also going to blame the Washington Post for not supporting the candidacy of Vincent Gray?
or are you expecting a disclaimer from them also.

Posted by: pdv1 | October 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you --- the leakdc202...

Write in Fenty (or Stamp in Fenty).

Posted by: pdv1 | October 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I was on Williams campaign. They were collectable but not valid.

I want a Fenty stamp....and vote for Gray.

Posted by: CultureClub | October 22, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Josh Lopez is such a troll. PDV1 has been up King Fenty's behind kissing it since the beginning. They both are losers along with Ellie Anderson the senior citizen up in Shepherd Park.

Posted by: mmatthews1 | October 23, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: drfields | October 23, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

On my way to vote for Vincent Gray in Ward 6 and voting to make the attorney general an ELECTED position.

I am literate, I don't need a stamp. Fenty has proven that what we don't need in politics is more "rubber stamps".

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 23, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Well this Ward 4 (Crestwood) voter voted for Gray.

Posted by: CrestwoodKat | October 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Who paid for the stamps? Broke axx Lopez certainly did not. I guess the WP and Craig put in a few dimes.

This is really sad. I pray that pvd1 and theleakdc202 both crawl back under their rocks after 11/2/10 and let this city heal.

Keep your stamps, they may be worthless now but one day who knows. LOL

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 23, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, didn't know using my free will and right to vote could hurt the city...What you are really saying is if im not on your side im not with the city...not true Fenty 2010

Posted by: theleakdc202 | October 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So, Tim Craig, are you saying I shouldn't take a cab to vote, or cabbies shouldn't take voters to the polls? The phony "grassroots" campaign to re-elect the incumbent is supported largely by Republican and other non-Democrat dollars and dirty tricks. Why don't you write about that?

Posted by: progress4dc2010 | October 23, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The STAMPED ballots will all be discounted as a violation of prohibition of electioneering within a polling place.

No campaign materials are allowed inside.

Posted by: tcs1999 | October 23, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse


OMG, Great point! I'm calling the Office of Campaign Finance @ 8:45am on Monday morning and file an official complaint. I recommend others do the same; here's the tel #(202) 671-0547.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 23, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Slim Fenty had big coach buses carrying voters to the polls in the primary election and what is ronald moten keep lerking around for ,spying for Fenty.ron moten you will get no more of them no bid contracts from fenty.
Whats up with you Fenty anyway?

Posted by: cureton46 | October 24, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Whats up with Ron Moten and fenty anyway?

Posted by: cureton46 | October 24, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

pdv1 wrote:

" Dear Gold Coast.. are you also going to blame the Washington Post for not supporting the candidacy of Vincent Gray?
or are you expecting a disclaimer from them also."

pdv1, are you of age to vote? Your response to my comment is sooo grade-school! Seriously, didn't your mommy tell you to stay out of grown folk business?

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 25, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

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