D.C. officials vow smooth election
District elections officials are promising that Tuesday's election will go much more smoothly than the last one.
The Sept. 14 primary generated a host of complaints, beginning with polling locations that were late to open and ending with a vote count that lasted well into the wee hours, putting a damper on victory celebrations.
Rokey W. Suleman II, executive director of the Board of Elections and Ethics, said Monday that initial returns should be released by 9:30 p.m., with tallies updated at intervals of approximately 30 minutes, until a final count is completed sometime before midnight.
Suleman said that, for one, the board has perfected what had been a glitchy process in posting tabulated results to the board's Web site. But more importantly, he said, "significantly improved" training will mean that there will be fewer problems closing the polls once voting ends at 8 p.m.
Read more about D.C. elections officials' pledge for a smoother vote count on Election Night on Mike DeBonis’s blog.
-- Mike DeBonis
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