There’s a hotline that D.C. voters who feel they’ve been horribly wronged can call during today’s election. It’s run by Election Protection, “a nonpartisan voter protection coalition.” Below are some of the complaints the organization received from fuming voters today.
Ward 3, Precinct 50 (Chevy Chase Community Center) Poll workers were not accepting Comcast bills as identification. In certain circumstances D.C. does not require photo IDs, for example, in some cases a bill showing the person’s name and current address will be sufficient. The D.C. Board of Elections was contacted and the problem was resolved.
Ward 4, Precinct 62 (Shepherd Elementary School) Polling place opened late because voting machines were not working (poll workers did not have machine activation codes). Polling place eventually opened. Voters initially were able to vote by paper ballot. By 7:40 voting machines were operating.
Ward 8, Precinct 126 (W.B. Patterson Elementary School) Voter cards inserted into machines allowed voters to choose wards 2, 4 or 7. However Precinct 126 is in Ward 8. This problem persisted until 8:30 a.m.
Ward 7, Precinct 103 (Plummer Elementary School) Voting machines inoperable.
Ward 2, Precinct 141 (Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center) Front desk security guard required a photo ID for building entrance, however a photo ID is not always required to vote in D.C. This polling place is located inside the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center. The D.C. Board of Elections was contacted and the problem was resolved.
Problems like these have led Vincent Gray to send a letter to the Board of Elections and Ethics demanding they extend voting hours. In the letter, Gray claims to have received 120 complaints from voters. The BOEE hasn’t said whether it will keep polling places open late.