Ward 6 D.C. Council candidate Will Cobb will get a do-over on his nominating-petition screw-up after all.

Cobb was running an aggressive race for the Democratic nomination before he failed to deliver his nominating petitions by the July 5 deadline. On Monday, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics denied Cobb’s appeal of its decision to reject his petitions, which arrived at the office about an hour late.

Now Cobb is out collecting signatures again, this time to run as an independent in the Nov. 7 general election. (Note to Cobb: The deadline for petition signatures for independent candidates is Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.) The odds aren’t in his favor: Democrats outnumber all other parties in the ward by an almost three-to-one margin.

By running as an independent, Cobb is returning to his roots. He first registered as an independent when he moved to the city three years ago; he changed his registration to the big “D” in March.

Switching back means that Cobb must undertake a ward-wide beautification project: Red-white-and-blue signs already up across Ward 6 identify him as a Democrat. His low-tech solution to this problem could mean a big windfall for local hardware stores.

“You will be seeing an amazing amount of white duct tape around the ward,” Cobb says.