WASHINGTON, DC – DC Council Ward 2 candidate Jordan Grossman, Ward 4 candidate Janeese Lewis George, and At-Large candidate Ed Lazere sent a letter to the DC Board of Elections on Wednesday seeking answers about how the Board will fulfill its commitments to educate residents about voting options in the upcoming elections to ensure that all DC residents can vote safely as the COVID-19 public health emergency continues.
“We are deeply concerned that serious questions remain unanswered about the Board’s plans,” the candidates said in the joint letter. “Failure to educate voters about alternatives to in-person election day voting will present DC voters with an untenable choice — surrender their right to vote or risk serious health consequences. We hope to work with you so no voter is forced to make such a choice.”
The candidates are seeking answers about the Board’s planned public education campaign, the processes surrounding absentee ballot requests, and how the Board will ensure the safety of in-person voters during the June 2nd Democratic Party, the June 16th Ward 2 Special Election, and beyond.
The full letter sent to Chair Bennett and the Members of the Board of Elections includes nearly 30 specific questions for the Board to answer or clarify. The full text of the letter is available here.
Grossman, Lazere, and Lewis George sent this letter the day before a scheduled webinar with Board of Elections for candidates. The candidates asked BOE to respond to these questions to them directly but also publicly for the voters of the District of Columbia, who need to know how to safely and securely exercise their right to vote in June and beyond.
Jordan Grossman is a fifth generation DC resident and former Obama Administration, Capitol Hill, DC federal district court, and DC government official. He has served in senior health care policy roles in DC’s Medicaid agency, the U.S. Senate, and the Obama Administration, including working on the response to public health crises like the H1N1 and Zika viruses. He’s running to represent Ward 2 on the DC Council to end corruption, fight for DC statehood and our public schools, and make it easier for residents to afford a home, find high-quality child care, walk, bike, or take public transit, and pay off student loan debt. Learn more and get involved at JordanForWard2.com.
Janeese Lewis George is former DC Assistant Attorney General, a DC State Democratic Committeewoman, a third-generation Washingtonian and a lifelong Democrat and Ward 4 resident who is seeking to represent Ward 4 on DC Council. She is running to give Ward 4 a Councilmember who will work hard to make housing more affordable, communities safer, our schools stronger, our economy more inclusive, and our elected leaders more accountable. Learn more about Janeese and get involved at janeese4dc.com.
Ed Lazere is the former long-time Executive Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, an organization dedicated to making sure the mayor and DC Council use our city’s resources on the things most important to DC residents, from schools to housing to health care. Running for DC Council At-Large, Ed is an experienced leader who has led successful budget and policy fights to make DC more economically and racially equitable. He has been a leader in the fight for Paid Family Leave, paid sick days, housing funding, tax assistance for low-income families, funding for high-poverty schools in DC, and many more. Learn more at edfordc.com.