DC School Woes Affect Primary Election

DC School Woes Affect Primary Election

I braved the sleet this afternoon to vote in the Potomac Primary, a crucial stage in the 2008 presidential elections. When I arrived at my polling place, Washington’s Eliot Junior High School (1820 Constitution Avenue NE), Precinct 86, there were no doorknobs on the heavy steel doors.

 No doorknobs, just the short stubs to attach them. I was finally able to claw one of the doors open, but how many elderly neighbors got frustrated and left without voting?

I shared my concern about the doors with the polling place staff, and my understanding that the problem violates Federal equal access laws, and they called in about the problem. I don’t know if Precinct 86 got doorknobs today, extra staff to act as “doormen,” or doorstops that would open the polling place to the wind, sleet and cold.

Message to Michelle Rhee and Alan Lew of DC Public Schools: If my vote is challenged due to your neglect, I will do all I can to make sure the candidates know about it. One of them will be the next U.S. President; at least two will return to the Senate. They will each have personal reasons to scrutinize your work, and the ability to do so.

2 Responses to “DC School Woes Affect Primary Election”

  1. startingtoday Says:

    My polling place was in Mt. Pleasant at the library. The sidewalks from the Columbia Heights metro, the closest MetroRail stop, to the library were completely iced over. Of course that is no one’s fault, but at a young late twenty-something, I almost gave up halfway there because I thought I was going to break a leg. I can’t imagine what people had to go through who aren’t as patient with the weather (or just didn’t want to break a leg) as myself.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    After slogging over to Eliot and opening the door with no doorknob so I could vote, I walked over to the Stadium/Armory Metro and inadvertently skied down the icy escalator, ending my run in a sitting position. Quite a memorable afternoon.

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