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Gray Seeks Probe of Vote-Buying Claims



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    Vincent Gray's campaign staff said it will ask authorities to look into a media report regarding the claims of two people that they were offered jobs by Adrian Fenty's campaign workers to vote for the mayor during early voting in the District.

    At a news conference Thursday, Gray said he was deeply concerned about the allegations. Gray said the allegations should be investigated quickly and objectively.

    Gray and Gray's attorney, Lloyd Jordan, told NBC4 that they want elections officials and police to investigate.

    According to ABC 7, a teen said that last Thursday he was offered $100 per day between Sept. 4-14 if he immediately went to a polling location and voted for Fenty. The teen told the station that he accepted the offer, went to a polling location, registered to vote and filled out a ballot for Fenty.

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    However, the teen told ABC 7 that the money never followed. A Fenty spokesman denied the allegations and said "there was a misconception or misunderstanding" between the teen and "whomever [he] spoke to."

    The Gray campaign put together its press conference Thursday morning to expand on the claims but offered no proof of any wrongdoing.

    The D.C. Board of Elections said it has received no formal complaint. About 14,000 people have voted in the District since early voting began on Aug. 30. About 1,600 of those were same-day registration, according to the Board of Elections.