An absent absentee ballot
By Hal Plotkin,
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.
| September 16, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
Categories: D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty
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