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Image Makeover at DC Board of Elections

District residents shouldn't be surprised if they see a kinder and more customer-friendly Board of Elections during the Nov. 4 presidential and local election.

One reason might be Judy Smith, the veteran public relations executive who has managed the media spin for everyone from Monica Lewinsky to Bishop T.D. Jakes. Smith has been talking to board members.

But no amount of public relations coaching is going to handle the work that's before the board as it prepares for one of its busiest elections.

Dan Murphy, spokesman for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, said there were so many new voter registration applicants the staff is still counting. Registration closed on Oct. 6.

"At this point we are working hard to process thousands of registration applications that we got in the weeks before the Oct. 6 deadline," Murphy said. "We are expecting a significant increase in the number of people registered in the District."

As of Aug. 11 there were 399,127 registered District voters.

Murphy also said people can come to the Board office at 441 Fourth Street NW starting Oct. 20 and cast an "In-Person Absentee" ballot.

In-person absentee voting will run from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3. He said anyone voting absentee through the mail must obtain their ballot by Oct. 28 and that ballot must be post marked no later than Election Day.

Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil Harris  |  October 15, 2008; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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