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D.C. Board Of Elections Says Diligence Tuesday Will Make For Smoother Election

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By Jonathan Wilson

Voters in the District of Columbia have made their choices in the Democratic primary.

But the city's Board of Elections and Ethics still has a lot of work to do, after a night that took even longer than many were hoping. Final results from Tuesday's primary didn't come until after one o'clock this morning.

Rokey Suleiman, executive director of the board of elections and ethics, says the counting process was slowed down by an increased focus on accuracy, and not speed.

"It's important that we present accurate results," he says. "We would have been pilloried in the press if we had rushed the results and had an error in reporting like what happened in 2008."

Errors in 2008 led D.C. to switch to a different brand of voting machines -- this primary marked the first time the city used them in an election. But Suleiman says considering all the new procedures and new technology -- things went well.

"If you look at any new jurisdiction across the country that rolls out new equipment -- this was a fairly typical roll out," he says.

In the coming weeks, the board will also conduct two post-election audits to make sure the machines worked properly.


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