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Cheh Digs In Heels On Voting Software

"They're not answering questions. They're not engaging on issues that are their responsibility," D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh says of the elections board, whose acting executive director missed yesterday's hearing.
"They're not answering questions. They're not engaging on issues that are their responsibility," D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh says of the elections board, whose acting executive director missed yesterday's hearing. (By Preston Keres -- The Washington Post)
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"My best hope is that the write-ins and the in-person absentee votes will swing the vote in my favor," he told the committee. "I started campaigning a month before my opponent. I think that the people that voted early, I'll get most of those votes."

The election board has been plagued with problems. Last month, 126 District voters were mailed incorrect absentee ballots for the general election. In the September primary, a defective computer memory cartridge produced thousands of phantom write-in votes, and in February, the board ran out of ballots for the presidential primary.

Sylvia Goldsberry-Adams, acting executive director of the election board, was to testify but did not appear because of a last-minute scheduling conflict.

"I'm deeply disappointed," Cheh said. "That's the central witness to find out what's their explanation for all the problems that we encountered. It reinforces the notion that they're not out there. They're not answering questions. They're not engaging on issues that are their responsibility."

Cheh and Thomas have called for an account of what board members did on Election Day.

William O'Field, a former spokesman for the election board, said its level of transparency has slipped. "I didn't see one board member walk through the tabulation room," O'Field said. "There was more engagement with the public. I don't know what happened."

Board spokesman Dan Murphy said it is continuing to work with the council to identify areas that can be improved.


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