UPDATE 9:13 a.m.: Josh Rodriguez, 32, an environmental scientist, was waiting outside the voting station at Oyster Elementary and said he was voting for Mary Cheh but writing in Fenty. He wanted to vote a straight Democratic ticket and to show support for Fenty.
"We were a little bit concerned [about Cheh's endorsement of Gray] ... it's nice to come here and see they were trying to do something better for the schools," said Rodriguez, who recently relocated from Dallas with his significant other. "But regardless of whether it's Gray or Fenty, it's positive over Republicans."
Original post, 8:57 a.m.: Dorothy Martin, 64, a retired food services worker at the the National Institutes of Health, said she voted this morning at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School against incumbent Mary Cheh after the council member endorsed Vincent Gray over Adrian Fenty just before this year's primary. Martin, who has lived in Woodley Park for more than 30 years, accused Cheh of siding with Gray only when polling data made it clear he was going to win.
"She wanted to see which way it went. She lost my vote," said Martin, an African American who also wrote in Fenty's name on the ballot for mayor. "It may be a lost cause. But when they injected race and said Fenty didn't care about black people, that's false. He did a lot of things for Ward 8."
The school's gymnasium was sparsely filled, with lines only four or five people deep to sign in and get a ballot. One woman walked straight up to the sign-in table without having to wait at all. "You're sure I am not cutting ahead of anyone else?" she asked the clerk manning the table.
Campaign officials stood outside handing out literature, but there were hardly any takers.