A few overzealous Hill staffers attempted to taint the voting process at a National Journal event Tuesday night. At least 100 Hill and K Street types packed the Pour House to mingle, sip free drinks and cast their vote for the most influential Hill staffers under 35 -- and more than one was caught trying to stuff the ballot box.
A member of National Journal's event staff told Yeas & Nays he noticed several people returning to the ballot box, despite a clearly defined rule that only one vote per person was permitted. (The watchdog removed the offending ballots from the box.) He also said he noticed some staffers voting for themselves.
Cheaters aside, the party proceeded merrily until the last drop of free alcohol was poured and every last bit of complimentary artichoke dip was scraped from its silver bowl. Voting results will be announced on National Journal's Influence Alley blog at a later date.