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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/03/2008

Silverman at Council Hearing: Still Don't Know If Election Results Are Accurate

"What voters expect of elections are accuracy, confidence and finality, and we didn't get that at its highest value on Sept. 9," said Cary Silverman, a candidate for the Ward 2 council seat. "We still don't know if the results are accurate today."

Silverman was testifying at today's hearing on the Sept. 9 election mishaps being chaired by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).

Silverman, who lost to longtime incumbent Jack Evans, told the panel that had it not been for about 1,500 "phantom write-in" ballots, the Board of Elections might not have known there was a problem with the results on election night.

"During this process I thought it was an informational black hole," Silverman said. "Calls to the board went unreturned."

Silverman said he still wants to know how at 9:30 p.m. he got 3,097 votes and Jack Evans got 4,379 votes, and by 11:10 p.m. that number changed to 1,582 for Silverman and 2,897 for Evans.

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/03/2008

Categories:  D.C. Council

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