Board Rules that Brown Qualifies for November Ballot

9/11/2012, 2:34 p.m.

Petition Challenge and Allegation of Wrongdoing Rejected

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Board of Elections has ruled that the Michael A. Brown re-election campaign has qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot. The Board formally rejected the challenge to the campaign's petitions, dismissed any allegation of wrongdoing, and summarily rejected requests to issue subpoenas.

"The Board's decision [on Sept. 10] confirms what my campaign has been saying all along: the petition challenge had no merit and was made by my opponent in bad faith," said Brown. "According to the Board, my opponent challenged hundreds of signatures which after extensive review, were determined to be valid. Knowing that his challenge was bogus and would fail, my opponent intentionally wasted the time and resources of District taxpayers to advance his political ambitions. This gamesmanship and shameless attempt to disenfranchise voters represents the most unethical kind of dirty politics."

In preliminary hearings on Aug. 29 and Sept. 7, the Board's registrar and staff recommended that the petition challenges be dismissed because over 3,000 signatures were deemed valid. At Monday's hearing, the Board upheld the staff's recommendations, granting Michael Brown ballot access and concluding the challenge proceedings.