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Fenty write-in voters: Please don't stamp electronic voting screens

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Supporters of a write-in campaign for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, aiming to make the process as simple as possible, have made ink stamps bearing Fenty's name, which voters can take into the polls to stamp their ballots.

But it wasn't so simple for one Fenty supporter Tuesday afternoon. That voter, at Precinct 51 at Lafayette Elementary in Chevy Chase, appears to have used the stamp on the screen of an electronic machine, election officials said.

The stamps, it apparently does not go without saying, are meant to be used on paper ballots only.

Alysoun McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, said that no permanent damage was done to the machine -- but that poll workers "needed to know how they were supposed to clean the screen."

The stamps have the blessing of elections officials, and they have been used in past write-in campaigns, including for Mayor Anthony A. Williams's successful effort in the 2002 primaries.

By Mike DeBonis  | November 2, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mayor Fenty, Mike DeBonis  
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The nut doesn't fall far from the tree---the Fenty write-in crazies!

Posted by: GoldCoast | November 3, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

There was nothing grass-roots about the Adrian Fenty-led write in campaign in the D.C. Mayor's race. The "Save DC" Party paid all of it's poll workers and poll observers...from what money? I saw this at poll location after poll location. Many of his 'volunteers' were at times extremely coarse, aggressive and hostile. I asked one individual why they were attempting to continue, and he responded: "This is all about money." Fenty should have switched parties after his loss in the Democratic primary and run as a Republican, then I could respect his effort, but he has disgraced himself and dishonored the DC Democratic Party by attempting to subvert the primary system.

Their illegal, unethical second bite of the apple cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars when he surreptitiously authorized early voting after the primary without informing the Vince Gray campaign. With a wink and a nod, Fenty essentially ran a second campaign for mayor after he lost in the primary; all the while giving lip service to respecting Vince Gray. Adrian Fenty should be ashamed of himself for his power-mad last ditch, desperate effort. He sent an e-mail to former supporters saying that he would accept the Mayoralty is the write in had been successful.

The new administration would be much further along in its educational reform and other transition efforts without the terrible disharmony created by the write in campaign, but some people have convinced themselves that the DC electoral process deprived them of a 'voice' or a 'say' in the outcome of the election. So, instead of working to create influence from within, you fought. Angrily.

My question is: With abuses of power such as Peaceaholics' receipt of huge no-bid contracts, and with a possible shortfall of over $150,000,000 and unproven outcomes in critical areas of the government, WHY did you people cleave on to him?? Why are you deceiving yourselves that the Fenty administration was competent and effective? Are you kidding!!??

Posted by: kingjulianne | November 3, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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