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.
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.
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)