Archive for July, 2010

The Washington Post, recently reported that the D.C. government  revoked “93,773” registered voters of their official “active” status. The article stated the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) purged “93,773” registered voters because they haven’t voted since, at least 2002.

According to a news release from the BOEE, the decision to delete “93,773” registered voters was based on a “comprehensive review of the voter registration database” and, “none of these voters has cast a ballot in the District in at least eight years, nor responded to repeated notices from our office.”

Here’s the million dollar question: why did the BOEE wait 22 years to correct the problem of its database retaining information on individuals who haven’t voted since 2002 and in some cases as far back as 1988?

Based on the BOEE’s news release and justification for the purge, one can conclude that the voter’s registration database needed to be audited but the questionable timing is prone to raise doubts about the motive.

To be knowledgeable of a problem for decades and wait three months prior to the 2010 election to implement an untested solution is indicative of poor planning and can be perceived as politically motivated.  This sudden purge of 93,773 registered voters is bound to have errors; alienate legitimate voters and taint the mayoral election.

In our brief review of BOEE’s list of purged voters we noticed several individuals that had re-registered to vote as recent as 2009, but haven’t actually voted since 2002.  They were classified as inactive and removed from the list of eligible voters.  What if these individuals, who haven’t voted in years, re-registered for the sole purpose of voting in 2010 and are denied the right to cast their official ballot on Election Day?

In one of the most highly anticipated mayoral elections since 1974, that has the potential for a historic voter turnout, the purging of 93,773 registered voters doesn’t promote a climate of trust or confidence in the District government.


To check if you or anyone you know is on the list of purged voters, click here. If you have questions or need to have your name removed from the list, please call the Board of Elections and Ethics at 202-727-2525.


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