DC voters receive registration card with wrong primary date

The D.C. Board of Elections sent out voter registration cards with an incorrect date for the city’s primary elections in June.

The agency announced Friday that the cards sent out recently contained outdated information on when the primary elections will be held, and it wants to remind voters that D.C.’s primary elections will be held on the first Tuesday in June, which this year is June 2, 2020.

“We regret the error and will correct it in all future communications,” the elections board said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the board told NBC Washington that more than 5,000 mailers with the wrong information had been sent out, and the mistake was not realized until the board was contacted by news outlets.

The inaccurate cards say the date of the city’s primaries is held on the third Tuesday in June during presidential election years, which would be June 16, 2020.

There is a special election on June 16 in D.C. to fill the seat of Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who resigned right before his colleagues were set to expel him and amid an ongoing federal investigation into ethical violations. Evans has filed to run for the same seat he vacated.

The Board of Elections said it never changed the template for the voter registration cards after the council changed the law, NBC Washington reported.

The Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute, said a voter who received a registration card with the incorrect information contacted the center, which then notified the D.C. Board of Elections.

The board said it has a number of future communications about events in the election cycle to inform voters when and where to vote.

Find out more at the D.C. Board of Elections website.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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