Independents Can't Vote in D.C. Primary

Sorry Independents, there will be no voting for you in the upcoming D.C. primary.

The board overseeing elections in Washington has rejected a request to allow voters with no party affiliation to vote in the Sept. 14 primary elections.

The board met Wednesday to consider a request from the campaign of Mayor Adrian Fenty to allow voters registered as independent to declare a party affiliation and vote in the primaries. The Fenty campaign said a new election law was ambiguous about whether that was permitted.

The campaign of Fenty's main challenger, Vincent Gray, had opposed the request, saying it would change the law at the last minute.

The board had ruled in August that voters with no party affiliation should not be allowed to vote in the Sept. 14 primary.

The board had been asked to reconsider the decision.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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