UPDATED: Oct. 23, 2014 11:43 a.m.
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.https://twitter.com/rausnitz/status/522580059467825152
The upside-down flag was also on the digital version on the D.C. Board of Elections website Thursday.
DC Board of Elections Voter Guide displays upside down DC flag on cover. pic.twitter.com/egEcqbugdn— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) October 16, 2014
On Oct. 23, the D.C. Board of Elections tweeted out an apology, saying “Well, we messed up. BIG time.”
They go on to say that they also fumbled their handling of the issue.
An elections official 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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