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Posted at 6:23 PM ET, 09/16/2010

An absent absentee ballot

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Hal Plotkin,
Washington

I just missed voting for the first time in more than 30 years. According to the District’s Board of Elections and Ethics Web site, my absentee ballot was “issued” on Sept. 3, about a week after I had requested it. But it wasn’t postmarked until eight days later. And it did not arrive at my house in Tenleytown until Election Day, when I was away until after the polls closed, which is why I had requested the absentee ballot in the first place.

I moved my family to the District last year so I could accept a job with the Obama administration. I had never had a problem obtaining a timely absentee ballot in California, which I often cast because of frequent travel. How ironic that I was disenfranchised here, of all places.

I will not rely on this system again.


By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 16, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty  
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Comments

You're automatically disenfranchised as a DC citizen as we don't have much representation within your federal institutions. Centuries of this injustice have led to a largely incompetent city government, and thus you then often transition from second class citizen to third class citizen. That's why so many people choose to live in MD and VA.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | September 17, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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