D.C. election board chair resigns
Errol R. Arthur, the chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections, announced Monday that he is resigning effective Aug. 2 to take another job, according to council sources.
Arthur's resignation means there will be two vacancies on the three-member board. Since February 2009, the board has been functioning with just two members. Lorrena Cole, the minority party member of the board, resigned following the 2008 elections and the council and the mayoy have been unable to agree on a replacement.
Recent decisions such as the board not allowing a referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage were decided by only two members.
If replacements to the board are named by Aug. 2, the board could be paralyzed just as the city is implementing its new early voting and same-day registration laws.
-- Tim Craig
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