DC's June 2 primary election was a disaster. Requested absentee ballots never arrived. The Board of Elections' app didn't work properly. Returned, completed absentee ballots never showed up in the BOE online ballot tracker. Although in-person voting opened Friday, May 22, there were limited polling stations available on election day, and lines were long, with many people who'd requested absentee ballots compelled to go vote in person when those ballots never arrived.
This is unacceptable and CANNOT happen again in November.
The DC Democrat State Committee was one of many organizations that sent strongly-worded letters to the BOE. You can read their letter at https://www.ward6dems.org/letter_from_dc_democratic_party_regarding_elections.
Our Ward 6 CM Charles Allen held hearings about the BOE's election performance last Friday, June 19. You can review the recording at the DC Council's archive site.
The BOE has responded with a plan for November. You can read about it at https://www.ward6dems.org/dcboe_june_2020_primary_election_recap. They are, in short, planning to convert every registered voter in DC to vote by mail for November. Limited in-person polling places will be open for early voting and on November 3, but the default will be vote by mail.
The most important thing you can do right now is to make sure your voter registration is up to date so your mailed ballot finds you. You can do that at: https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status.
We are in discussions with the BOE and the Council on ways to improve election operations and GOTV efforts for November. What suggestions do you have to improve ballot delivery, the operation of in-person polling stations, or voter participation? Send them to Ward 6 Dems president Chuck Burger at [email protected] or 202.258.5316.