After the debacle in the D.C. primary race more than two weeks ago resulting from a voting machine malfunction, the city’s Board of Elections and Ethics was slated to release the official results on Wednesday, but delayed to conduct a manual recount of paper ballots for 18 races that were affected by the malfunction.
This recount includes several races within Foggy Bottom’s Ward 2, including the hotly contested race between long-time incumbent Jack Evans and GW alumnus Cary Silverman. Silverman has since conceded to his loss to Evans, who won with more than 60 percent of the vote. Though officials say the recount will not change the outcomes of any of the races, they believe the measure necessary for the board to confidently certify the results.
The D.C. City Council has also launched an investigation into the primary mess to correct and prevent any problems before November’s general election.