Upside-Down Flag Printed on Thousands of D.C. Voter Guides

(Screenshot courtesy of D.C. Board of Elections)CBS DC

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — The District of Columbia’s Voter Guide looks a little off this election cycle. The guides, which are reportedly sent out to more than 300,000 residents, show the D.C. stars and bars upside-down.

Residents that received the pamphlet were quick to voice the mistake on social media.

The upside-down flag was also on the digital version on the D.C. Board of Elections website Thursday.

An elections official now says the flipped flag was, indeed, a mistake.

The Washington Post reports that Board of Elections Executive Director Clifford Tatum told a D.C. Council member in an email that the upside-down flag was an error.

Denise Tolliver, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections, had originally said Thursday that the printing wasn’t a mistake but rather a deliberate attempt to engage voters after a low-turnout primary election in April.

“I am sorely disappointed by the mistakes printed in the 2014 General Election Voter’s Guide. This is yet another example of the type of glaring mistakes that continues to occur,” D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie said in a statement.

He is calling on the city to audit the election board.


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