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Board of Elections struggles with reporting again

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The D,.C. Board of Elections has only counted 7 percent of precincts at of 10 p.m. Tuesday, but The Associated Press is projecting D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray the city's next mayor.

The slow-pace count at the board of elections on Tuesday night is reminiscent of the Sept. 14 primary vote, when the employees at the board of elections did not come up with a final tally for city contests until well after midnight.

Meanwhile, voting officials in Virginia had managed to tabulate almost 2 million votes.

Sally MacDonald, a third-time observer with the Federation of Citizen Associations, said this year's pace is better than the past several election cycles going back to 2008. She said the staff is "much more" experienced, but officials "need to organize the space better."

She admitted, however, that D.C. process is still slower than surrounding jurisdictions, including Virginia.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 10:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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That's a bold call by the AP.

Posted by: ah___ | November 2, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Bold call is right. Anyone remember Harry Truman's win??
I was shocked that after only counting so few ballots the decision was "made". WOW WTF. And did anyone else read that Fenty got 78% of the Ward 2 vote???? Gray got CRUSHED. Will they ever count all the votes?

Posted by: absolutjohn | November 3, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

My problem with the write-in Fenty ballot, I was an election worker. You need to know how to spell your write-in candidate name and not ask me how to spell it. I can't do that! You should know how to spell his full name. Not Fenti, Fenny, Fenty, Fenni, it should be spelled out Adrian Fenty! Thanks.

Posted by: drfields | November 3, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Absolutejohn, you may want to take another look...Gray did not get "crushed" in any ward. I think the write-in sent a message and I'm glad many people exercised their right to vote!! I give props to the write-in for making people aware...

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | November 3, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The D.C. Board of Elections needs to divide the alphabet differently. I vote in 6B03. As usual, there was no line at all for A-K, but a 30 minute line for L-Z. This has been going on for 20 years, and it makes me happy I didn't take my husband's name when we got married.

Posted by: kbockl | November 3, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dr Fields:
According to the election law, it is ONLY intent.. so Fenti, Fendi, etc.. would have been acceptable. (per the instructions i was given).

Yes, the Write In did raise awareness.. thank you.

Posted by: pdv1 | November 3, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

to Dr Fields, pursuant to the information that was given. .. it is only intent.. therefore, Fenty, Fenti, Fendi are acceptable.

Posted by: pdv1 | November 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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