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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/27/2011

The right not to vote?

After some initial confusion about precisely how many Washingtonians cast a ballot yesterday, the District’s Board of Elections and Ethics has revised its numbers downward, knocking turnout back into the single digits.

According to the board, 43,394 ballots were counted yesterday, which means only 9.5 percent of D.C. voted in the election that resulted in the city’s new at-large D.C. Council member, Vincent Orange. The percentage will rise as BOEE counts absentee, provisional and curbside ballots, so there’s the possibility that the figure could sneak back into the double digits -- another 2,300 or so ballots are needed to get back above 10 percent. Still, it’s kind of a downer that, despite there being such an uproar about District voting rights, less than one out of every 10 people appear to have voted in a local election that will affect their day-to-day lives.

Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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