The cover-up was worse than the initial blunder, and now the D.C. Board of Elections wants the District's voters to know that it's very, very sorry—for everything.
Last week, the board sent out a voter guide printed with —whoops—an upside-down version of the D.C. flag. But instead of saying the whole thing was one giant Photoshop mishap, the agency said it did it as a way to engage voters. (City Desk took the bait.) It ultimately reneged on this and admitted it was indeed a mistake.
The folly earned condemnation from Mayor Vince Gray, who called the whole thing a "fiasco" and said his "faith has been severely tested."
DCBOE issued a formal apology today saying, "Well, we messed up. BIG time."
"The cover of the Voter's Guide recently mailed to you had an image of the District’s flag turned upside down," the apology reads. "That is our fault, and we apologize for displaying the flag in that manner. If that weren’t enough, we also fumbled our handling of the issue, and we apologize to you for that as well."
The apology also recommends that people read what's inside the voter's guide and vote. Read the full apology here. It seems sincere. Let's move on—and vote.