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The folks who want to ban direct corporate contributions from D.C. political races say they did, in fact, gather the required numbers of signatures to get their initiative on November’s ballot and the Board of Elections can’t count.
Earlier this month, the BOE ruled that the anti-corporate giving folks, known as D.C. Public Trust, were 1,726 valid signatures short of getting on the ballot. After that ruling, the group says it double-checked the BOE’s math and found the board had miscounted. From a news release:
Specifically, following the review guidelines outlined by the Board, the group counted 24,645 duly registered voters identified by the Board—1,346 more than the 23,299 (5 percent) required by law. The review also found that this figure included the required 5 percent of registered voters in six (wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) of the District’s eight wards. D.C. law requires that threshold be met in at least five.
The group says it also found more than 1,000 valid signatures that were improperly thrown out.
“What we found in our review raises concerns about the integrity of the democratic process in local D.C. elections,” Bryan Weaver, a Ward 1 activist and former council candidate who help lead the petition drive, said in a statement. D.C. Public Trust says it plans on filing papers in D.C. Superior Court asking that a judge essentially overrule the BOE’s decision and put the initiative on November’s ballot.