PAGING EMMETT FREMAUX

After listening last week to DC Board of Elections (BOE) chair Michael Bennett and executive director Alice Miller trying to explain the chaotic mess they made of the June 2 primary, I wondered, Where is Emmett H. Fremaux Jr.? The well-regarded Elections Board director from 1983 to 1996 may be the only person who can successfully ensure a well-run November general election.


Before Fremaux arrived in the District, “elections in DC were a national embarrassment,” recalled Dorothy Brizill, co-director of DC Watch, a government watchdog group that has focused for decades on election issues in the city.


There were ample reasons for ridicule: Ballot cards printed in multiple colors — pink, buff, tangerine — created voter confusion. In 1976, two ballot boxes fell off an open truck. The data on the voter rolls were unreliable. READ MORE

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