September 14th, 2010
09:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Request for extended voting denied in DC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray's request that voting time be extended due to reports of voting irregularities was denied."]

Washington (CNN) - The hotly contested Democratic mayoral primary in the nation's capital already has claims malfunctioning voting machines and other irregularities could have affected voting results.

But a request from the Vincent Gray for Mayor Campaign asking for extended voting time was denied by the DC Superior Court.

Traci Hughes, press secretary for Gray's campaign, said the campaign asked for extended voting hours because of reports of irregularities at polling stations during the day. The request for an injunction was denied by the DC Superior Court Tuesday evening. Hughes said the Gray campaign was "disappointed" by the decision but would wait for voting results before pressing the issue.

"I don't know at this point if we'll pursue it further," Hughes said. "Of course we're disappointed. But the polls closed half and hour ago and for right now we will just await the results."

Alysoun McLaughlin, spokesman for the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, said the irregularities occurred at two polling stations in the District, and caused voting at these two places to begin about half an hour late. There was a typo in the instructions for poll workers that did not affect the polling machines, McLaughlin said.

"Voters were still able to vote using a paper ballot and put it in a side slot in the machine," she said.

Mayor Adrian Fenty's campaign said at this point they were not concerned with reports of irregularities.

"That's the board of election's responsibility to handle those issues," said Helen Hare, Fenty's communications director. "All day long we really just focused on getting the vote out."

Fenty swept to power four years ago with enormous popular support, but has faced an unexpectedly stiff challenge from DC City Council Chairman Gray. The winner of the Democratic primary will likely prevail in November in this heavily Democratic city.

The Board of Elections and Ethics will not officially certify the election results for ten days while it tabulates early and absentee voting. More than 15,000 DC residents cast their primary votes early.

Filed under: Adrian Fenty • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
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  1. Keith in Austin

    Underground ACORN workers still active I see!

    September 14, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |