Delegate delivers blank protest |

Delegate delivers blank protest

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Al Gore apparently lost a vote in the Electoral College on Monday when an elector for the District of Columbia cast a blank ballot.

The move caught city officials off guard. They first said the elector involved eventually signed a Certificate of Vote certifying the votes for Gore, and faxed a copy of it to news organizations. The certificate is the legal document the district must, under federal law, submit to the Archivist of the United States.

However, Peggy Armstrong, a spokeswoman for Mayor Anthony A. Williams, said late Monday that the certificate would be amended Tuesday, giving Democrat Gore just two of the district’s three electoral votes.

Elector Barbara Lett-Simmons, 73, signed the document ”for the colonist of D.C” and said she chose not to vote to protest the district’s lack of voting status in Congress. ”Taxation without representation is tyranny,” she said.

She gave a brief speech after the votes, addressed to her ”fellow

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