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D.C.'s poor primary-night performance

I'll grant that the foremost job of election officials is to get the count right. Accuracy -- more than speed -- is of paramount importance. But Tuesday night's performance of the D.C. Board of Elections in the battle between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray goes beyond belief.

As I write this (at 10:55 p.m.), the board has just posted its first results: all 680 votes it's counted. Consider by comparison that Delaware already has managed to post all its returns and Massachusetts has put up more than 80 percent of its results. And those are entire states, not just cities. One wonders what counting device District officials are using -- an abacus, perhaps?

By Jo-Ann Armao  | September 14, 2010; 10:58 PM ET
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Thank you!

Posted by: 4242424242 | September 14, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

In most place the last minute deals are before the election. In DC, like Chicago, last minute deals extend though voting, vote counts and reporting results. Why bother counting or reporting all the votes until you know how many you need.

Posted by: flyover22 | September 14, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Tut tut, Jo-Ann. Count to 10 before hitting the Send button. Would you be this cranky if results suggested a Fenty victory?

As "DC Proper" tweeted at 11:20 pm, when half the results reported were from Ward 5: "A man is being beaten in Ward 5; its the Mayor!"

Posted by: Trulee | September 14, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't be silly. They wouldn't know what an abacus is. It's just tough to count thousands of votes when you can only count twenty at a time, and then only by taking off your shoes.

Posted by: AdrianMole | September 15, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh shut up Armao. Aren't you the one who endorsed Fenty? How smart does that make YOU. What a Dumb A*** Go to sleep, for Christ's Sake

Posted by: econ4 | September 15, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Well, chalk it up to another government agency Fenty didn't fix.

Posted by: edlharris | September 15, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo is a real authority on 'democracy' these days. Why not waterboard the DC Board of Elections, as the WaPo seems to think that is a good strategy for managing the Federal Gov't!

Posted by: JohnEly | September 15, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Blame it on the public schools, or lack of
attendance. D.C. has never been a place to
improve your mind or your politics.

Posted by: ekakuku | September 15, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Polls close and then all the official stuff has to be done. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.

Posted by: rlj1 | September 15, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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