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Know Where to Vote on Tuesday? (And What You’re Voting For)

by Borderstan.com April 2, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,200 2 Comments

From Matty Rhoades. Email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com.

Tomorrow, April 3, is DC primary election day and the polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. Do you know where to vote? The DC Board of Elections & Ethics (DCBOEE) has an easy online way to find your precinct/polling place. All you need to know is your address. You can even view a sample ballot at DCBOEE site.

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April 3 is primary election day in DC. Campaign signs were already up near Precinct 16 over the weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Remember: DC’s primary elections are closed, which means you must be registered as either a Democrat, Republican or Statehood Green Party member to vote on Tuesday. If you are registered as an Independent, you cannot vote on April 3. (See April 3 Primary: Only Party Members Vote; Picking Dem Delegates.)

Voters will pick the party nominees for the November 6 general election in four DC Council Wards (2, 4, 7, 8), the Democratic nominee for an At-Large Council seat, as well as candidates for Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and a shadow senator and representative.

Locally, incumbent Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is running unopposed in the April 3 primary, while Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is not up for re-election this year.

Presidential Primary

Tomorrow is also the presidential primary in DC — the first time the presidential primary and local primary have been combined (the local primary has previously been in September).

President Barack Obama has no opponent on the Democratic side, although there is the option of voting for Uncommitted delegates. On the Republican side, the choices are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and John Huntsman (who withdrew from the race months ago).

An Overwhelmingly Democratic Electorate

What’s the breakdown by party and Independent registration in DC? According to DCBOEE’s latest registration numbers:

  • Democrat: 75% (62% in Ward 2, which includes Dupont-Logan, and 73% in Ward 1, which includes the U Street area)
  • Republican: 7% (13% in Ward 2, and 5% in Ward 1)
  • Statehood Green: 1% (0.6% in Ward 2 and 1.4% in Ward 1)
  • Independent: 17% (24% in Ward 2, 20% in Ward 1)

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  • THANK YOU, Borderstan, for this article. If you’ve ever shaken your head at the news coming out of DC City Council, tomorrow is a day to get up, get out, and use your vote.

  • @CCCAPrez

    Great work on this.

    SmokeFreeDC gave CMs Evans and Bowser a big fat F for their sub par support for providing clean air for deserving workers, families, and children. A CDC report notes that there is about a “25 to 30 percent increase in the risk of coronary heart disease from exposure to secondhand smoke and increased risks of coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality among men and women exposed to secondhand smoke.” CMs Barry and Alexander both got big fat “0” – I guess they don’t care that (though not essentially a race issue) African Americans and their children in Wards7&8 suffer from smoke related heart, lung disease just like everyone else.

    17% of Independents could have helped slap down and eliminate Romney and Newt from the GOP primary instead of sitting this one out. His unique opposition to insane US war mongering, the industrial prison complex, and the over-priced and racist war on drugs should make Ron Paul’s advocacy resonate with a bunch of District residents.


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