The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will begin placing lists of registered voters in all city libraries on Tuesday so residents can check to see if they are properly registered before the Nov. 2 general election.
Branch libraries will have lists of registered voters for the ward in which the branch is located, while the master voting list containing the names of all D.C. voters will be placed in the Martin Luther King Library at 9th and G streets NW, elections officials said.
Registered voters who do not find their names on the lists or who find that they are listed at the wrong address or in the wrong precinct will be able to fill out cards with the proper information at any of the libraries. The cards will be collected by elections officials each day so that any errors can be corrected by the general election.
The elections office is taking this measure to avoid the problems that occurred in the Sept. 14 primary. More than 22,000 voters were forced to cast special challenged ballots because their names were not on the voter rolls in their precincts. Of those voters, all but 2,000 turned out to be legitimately registered and their ballots were eventually counted.
The voter lists will be in alphabetical order by last name, and will also show the address and voting precinct for each voter, according to David Splitt, acting director of the elections board.