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Voting Tuesday: What You Need to Know

Borderstan Logan Circle Precinct 16

Polling place hours are 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday. On November 4, 2008, voters lined up outside Precinct 16 at 15th and R NW to vote. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tuesday is primary election day in DC when the Democratic, Republican and Statehood Green Parties select candidates for the November 2 general election. With Democrats running the city and winning almost every election, winning the Democratic Primary is tantamount to election in most cases.

Three-fourths of all DC voters are registered Democrats, 7% are Republicans, 1% claim Statehood Green and 17% are Independents.

Vote Early Friday, Saturday, Monday

If you cannot vote on Tuesday and didn’t get an absentee ballot, there are four Early Voting Centers around DC—they are open today, Saturday and Monday (not Sunday). Hours are 8:30 am to 7 pm. The closest location to Dupont-Logan-U Street is downtown at 1 Judiciary Square at 441 4th Street NW. The DC Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) has details.

Are You Registered by Party?

Remember: On Tuesday you can only vote in your party’s primary. For example, if you are a registered Republican, you cannot vote in the Democratic Primary. If you are an Independent without party affiliation, you cannot vote Tuesday—simple as that. You can check your registration status at the BOEE website or check your voter ID card.

Can I Register to Vote on Tuesday?

If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on Tuesday. This is the first time DC has allowed same-day registration. You will then have to select a party registration (Democratic, Republican or Statehood Green). If you are already registered to vote, you cannot change your party affiliation on Tuesday—the deadline for that is past.

Here is what you need to bring to your polling place on Tuesday—if you are not already registered—according to BOEE: “To register to vote during early voting or on Election Day, you must bring a driver’s license, bank statement, utility bill, government check or paycheck, or other government document showing your current name and address and cast a special ballot subject to verification by the Board.”

When and Where Do I Vote?

The polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm in DC. The BOEE website has an application that allows you to type in your address and get your polling place location. The main polling places in the Borderstan area are the following precincts.

  • 13 – St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • 14 – St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish, 1772 Church Street NW
  • 15 – Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW
  • 16 – Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, 1701 15th Street NW
  • 21 – Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Avenue NW
  • 22 – Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School, 2001 10th Street NW
  • 24 – Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain Street NW
  • 137 – Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S Street NW
  • 141 – Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th Street NW

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Rhoades has lived in the Borderstan area for 17 years. When he’s not writing about the area he loves, he follows politics, tends his garden and spoils Lupe, the world’s cutest and smartest dog. Find him on Twitter @mattyrhoades; email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com.

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