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Voter uses Fenty stamp on voting-machine screen

Supporters of a write-in campaign for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), 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 School in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, 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 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; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District  
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Comments

Stupid just like this write-in bull.

Posted by: guylady201001 | November 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Stupid just like this write-in bull.

Posted by: guylady201001 | November 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I needed some comic relief this afternoon.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 2, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

In Chevy Chase...surprise, surprise...

Posted by: MsAyesha22 | November 2, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

And Fenty wants to claim he helped to improve education in the district.

Posted by: adcteacher1 | November 2, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, one has to have a certain amount of willful ignorance to still support Emperor Adrian in the face of his rampant obfuscation, fiscal irresponsibility, and lack of ethics....

Posted by: nan_lynn | November 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"Well, one has to have a certain amount of willful ignorance to still support Emperor Adrian in the face of his rampant obfuscation, fiscal irresponsibility, and lack of ethics...."
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Bahhhaaahaa!

That is not an emperor, what you describe is a (DC) politician.

People support who they like, and many liked what Mayor Fenty was accomplishing, though they may have questioned his methodology. So, yeah, a mayour who gets things done (after following another mayour that began to get things done). Can't imagine why some would support that.

Good luck to Mayor-elect Gray, he has some good ideas, and I hope he is effective in his new role.

Posted by: Greent | November 3, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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