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Vincent Orange, a former D.C. councilmember and Pepco lobbyist, won the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council. Orange is also a strong opponent of the 2010 Campus Plan.
“I know what happens when students move into the community,” he said in a February candidate forum. “It’s parties every single day.”
Election results have not yet been certified, but the unofficial tally at the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics’ website has Orange winning with 28.27% of the vote. Mail-in absentee votes and special ballots have yet to be counted.
This election was the first opportunity for students registered by the DC Students Speak voter registration campaign to flex their electoral muscle. However, Vox saw students being turned away at the polls for invalid documentation.
Those that cast provisional ballots have ten days to present themselves at DCBOEE’s offices to show proper documentation and have their votes count, according to a tweet by the DCBOEE. At least one student successfully registered the day of the election using a letter from housing attesting her D.C. residency and a non-D.C. picture ID.