D.C. councilman 'dissatisfied' with board of elections

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Local,DC,Liz Farmer

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Wednesday he thought the city's Board of Ethics and Elections should have done more to ensure that voters were taken care of on Election Day after many residents experienced waits of more than two hours at the polls.

He said he thought that the board's assessment on election day that the lines were caused mostly by high voter turnout was a "convenient excuse."

"The Board of Elections should be able to accommodate whatever the demand is," he told reporters.

He added that he visited more than 20 precincts on election day and that the lines at some of the city's largest precincts were swift-moving while smaller precincts dragged. At one polling location he said he saw long lines even though there were empty voting booths. He said the lines were caused by slowdowns at the voter check-in tables.

"That's totally on the Board of Elections, not on the voter turnout," Mendelson said, adding that he was "very dissatisfied."

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

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