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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/21/2012

It’s just the D.C. Board of Elections now

The first time “Board of Elections and Ethics” appeared in The Washington Post, on Sept. 10, 1974. (The Washington Post)
A name that has graced the city political scene for four decades is on its way to the dustbin of history: The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is now officially the D.C. Board of Elections.

The change follows enactment of the city’s new ethics law; that established the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to handle the matters encompassed under the “ethics” portion of the BOEE name, which dates back to the earliest days of home rule.

Legally speaking, the BOEE became the BOE in late January, when the ethics bill became law. But only in the past few weeks has the board — busy earlier with a primary and special election — moved to publicly change its name.

“It became official when the law became official, but really we’re just rebranding things when we get around to it,” said board spokeswoman Alysoun McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said the board is not spending money on a “PR campaign” or other efforts to change the name — it will be changing signs, logos and letterhead as they would otherwise be normally replaced to keep costs down.

The board’s Web site, for instance, still includes numerous instances of the old name, including its “” URL. Its Twitter handle also remains @dcboee for now, and its Facebook page remains at

“There’s no harm in continuing to use [Elections and Ethics],” she said, “but it’s not our name anymore.”

Meanwhile, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability remains in hiatus as the process of appointing its members moves along. Under the ethics law, it assumes full responsibility for enforcing campaign finance, lobbying and conflict of interest issues Oct. 1.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated three members this month; they are set to appear at a D.C. Council roundtable Monday.

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