One thing not discussed in the lamestream media about Mayor Adrian Fenty’s loss to Vincent Gray in yesterday’s Democratic primary was ballot placement.
When I voted early at Hine Middle School last week, Vincent Gray was the first choice at the top of a long list of mayoral candidates I had never heard of. Fenty was closer to the bottom. Upon leaving, a Fenty supporter chatted me up, saying that he too noticed this. He called it unfair but didn’t seem to think it would affect his side’s chances. Maybe it did, but it probably didn’t.
People are surely lazy and uninformed enough to simply select the first name they recognize. But how many lazy people would it take to shift the result? In this case, with Gray winning by about 10,000 votes in the latest results I’ve seen, too many.
Almost everyone in the city knew who the two big candidates were, and if a primary voter cared at all about the election and wanted to find Fenty on the ballot, he/she would have taken the time. I hope.