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In terms of fun, most folks think voter-registration
drives rank somewhere behind even blood drives: At least good Samaritans get free juice and cookies. A voter-registration drive held last Saturday at a park in Ward 8 upped the ante, however. Signing up for D.C.’s franchise earned 62 new voters tickets in a raffle whose prizes included a trip to Atlantic City and a cruise on the Spirit of Washington. “We had to do something to entice people to come,” explains Sandra Seegars, who sponsored the drive and is running for D.C. Council against Ward 8 incumbent Sandy Allen in the Democratic primary. But Seegars believes it wasn’t the raffle that drew a U.S. Park Police officer to the event. The park’s across the street from Allen’s campaign office, and Seegars—who brandished the necessary event permit to the officer—sees a conspiracy. Allen’s campaign doesn’t. “I have no idea who called them,” says campaign manager Bob Bethea. —Elissa Silverman