by Borderstan.com November 7, 2012 at 9:15 am 1,986 3 Comments


Waiting for the provisional and absentee ballot count: Four winners, two races questionable in local ANC races. (Collage Luis Gomez Photos)

All 143 DC Precincts have reported in, but provisional and absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Even with some votes still to be counted by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, there seem to be four clear winners — and two races that could depend on the uncounted votes — in local contested races for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seats in 1B, 2B and 2F.

According to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE), provisional and absentee ballots must be counted no later than 10 days after an election. As of early Wednesday morning, DCBOEE was unable to say how many such ballots are outstanding in DC.

Tuesday Morning ANC Race Results

  • U Street: In the four-way 1B-12 race, Zahara Jilanni has 263 votes with her nearest competitor, John Green, holding 245 votes, an 18 vote difference. Erling Bailey and Dan Wittels finished further back. The question in this race comes down to those outstanding votes.
  • Dupont: In the 2B-03 race, Stephanie Maltz holds a commanding lead over Bevan Mace, 404 to 102; Maltz has 78% of the vote.
  • Dupont: In 2B-04, Kishan Putta has 62% with 497 votes. Stephanie Sheridan is in second place with 208 votes and Martin Espinoza has 87 votes.
  • Logan: In 2F-02, Walt Cain holds a 51 vote lead over Adam Stempel, 292 to 241.
  • Logan: In 2F-04, John Fanning has a 14 vote lead over Joel Heisey, 299 to 285. Again, could provisional and absentee ballots change the result?
  • Logan: In 2F-08, Matt Connolly holds what is probably a comfortable 47 vote lead over Howard Marks, 235 to 188.

ANC 1B-12

  • Erling Bailey: 127
  • John Green: 245
  • Zahra Jilani: 263
  • Dan Wittels: 85
  • Write-In: 9

ANC 2B-03

  • Bevan Mace: 102
  • Stephanie Maltz: 404
  • Write-In: 147

ANC 2B-04

  • Martin Espinoza: 87
  • Kishan Putta: 497
  • Stephanie Sheridan: 208
  • Write-In: 7

ANC 2F-02

  • James Baker: 75
  • Walt Cain: 292
  • Adam Stempel: 241
  • Write-In: 6

ANC 2F-04

  • John Fanning: 299
  • Joel Heisey: 285
  • Write-In: 12

ANC 2F-08

  • Matt Connolly: 235
  • Howard Marks: 188
  • Write-In: 6

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by Borderstan.com November 5, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,351 0

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DC Voter Guide from Board of Elections. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Need election information for Election Day 2012 in DC: What are the polling place hours? Where do I vote? Can I register to vote on election day?

  • Poll Hours: The polls in D.C. open at 7 am and close at 8 pm.
  • Finding Your Polling Place: Don’t know where you vote? Go to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) Polling Place Locator, put in your home address and get your polling place information. Precinct locations for the Dupont-Logan-U Street area also listed below. You can also check the DOBOEE maps with precincts for Ward 1 (U Street area) and Ward 2 (Dupont-Logan).
  • Same-Day Voter Registration: If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on Tuesday. 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.”
  • Check Your Voting Registration Status: DCBOEE has a page on its website where you can check your registration.
  • Who/What Am I Voting for Tuesday: The DCBOEE has a list of all offices on the ballot on November 6, including sample ballots by Ward. Check out the Voter Guide.

Voting Precincts and Locatons in Dupont-Logan-U Street

DCBOEE has Ward maps with precinct boundaries; local precincts are in Wards 1 and 2. Here are 14 selected precincts in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Remember if you are not sure, check this page on the DCBOEE for election information.

Dupont Area

  • 4 –  West End Public Library, 1101 24th Street NW
  • 13 – Our Lady of the Americas, 2200 California Avenue NW
  • 14 – St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish, 1772 Church Street NW
  • 15 – Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW

Logan-Shaw-Downtown Area

  • 16 – Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, 1701 15th Street NW
  • 17 – Metropolitan AME Church, Douglas Hall, 1518 M Street NW
  • 18 – Kennedy Recreation Center, 1407 7th Street NW
  • 21 – Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Community Library, 1630 7th Street NW
  • 129 – Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW

U Street Area

  • 22 – Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School, 2001 10th Street NW
  • 23 – Rita Bright Community Center, Gymnasium, 2500 14th 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

by Borderstan.com April 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,549 1 Comment

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Biddle  versus Orange not over: Sing? The fat lady hasn’t even gone on stage yet. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

It’s still undecided. Sekou Biddle trails incumbent Vincent Orange in the Tuesday vote for the Democratic nomination for At-Large DC Council seat by just 543 votes. But as noted on Wednesday, the race is not over.

In addition to at several thousand absentee ballots, there are also several thousand provisional ballots to be counted, according to WAMU — and a recount after the votes have all be counted is a real possibility. It will all be decided (barring a recount) when absentee and provisional (special ballots cast on election day) are tallied on April 13. The Washington City Paper reported Wednesday that there are more than 3,800 absentee ballots.

According to CBS DC, “The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics says 3,348 Democrats requested absentee ballots. So far, 1,554 have been returned. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Given the dismal turnout (less than 16% of the populace turned out), any small edge or blurry edges between candidates becomes incredibly important. Biddle actually leads in five of the city’s eight wards — 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Orange, though, ran up larger margins in Wards 5, 7 and 8 over Biddle. In the Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods, Biddle ran very strong, with large wins in almost all are preincints.

Given the margin of victory here, it seems unlikely that any first ‘official’ decision will be deemed official by any of the candidates. I’m predicting a recount.

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by Borderstan.com April 2, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,086 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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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2,088 1 Comment

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Heads up! In a break with tradition, DC’s city primary has been moved up from fall to spring, and will take place next Tuesday, April 3. The primary was moved to coincide with the presidential primary in DC. Voters will pick the party nominees for the November 6 general election in four DC Council Wards, the Democratic nominee for an At-Large Council seat, and vote in the Democratic and Republican Party primaries for President.

Moreover, 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 (the huge majority of DC voters are registered Democrats). If you are registered as an Independent, you cannot vote on April 3. Some voters will be voting in new precincts, new wards and new ANC districts, following DC redistricting after the 2010 Census.

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Tuesday: The polls in DC are open from 7 am to 8 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The change to one primary day comes as the District tries to adhere to federal election law, which mandates that absentee voters (such as deployed military personnel) receive their ballots at least 45 days ahead of the November elections.

This requirement created a time crunch for the District, which typically holds its primaries in early September. In order to avoid holding the primary during the summer months, when many voters are out of town, DC officials opted to move the contests back to the Spring.

Critics say the drastic move gives incumbents an unfair advantage. Challengers must begin registering, financing, and publicizing their campaigns nearly a year before the elections, when few voters (or donors) are interested.  Now, with many voters still unaware that primaries are just days away, candidates gain a foothold in a race that is a de-facto general election, since three-quarters of DC voters are registered as Democrats.

One upside to the change is that it consolidates DC’s primaries to a single day. As recently as four years ago, the Presidential primaries were held in April (well in advance of the summer nominating conventions) and primaries for District offices such as Mayor, and City Council members did not occur until September.

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.

Process of Selecting Democratic Convention Delegates

Even so, the combined dates probably won’t do much to alleviate any confusion that non-political residents may have about the selection of DC’s convention delegates, a process that is already well underway. In fairness to DC, the process for selecting delegates to the national conventions of the two big parties is complicated and often involves numerous steps in all the states and territories of the U.S.

On March 3, the DC Democratic Party selected its first 14 delegates in a pre-primary caucus. Democratic voters selected seven male and seven female District-level Delegate-nominees, as well as one Alternate-nominee to be part of DC’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention in early September in Charlotte.

This caucus was the only point at which DC voters had a direct say in forming the delegation; the votes cast in the upcoming April 3 primary won’t affect which delegates are chosen, only who the delegates support come September (not a difficult guess as President Obama is running unopposed for the nomination).

The rest of the delegation selection process happens among party insiders and DC officials. In early May, the DC Democratic State Committee will choose its Pledged PLEO (Party Add-on) and At-Large Delegates, as well as several Unpledged (or Automatic) Delegates. Unpledged Delegates are DNC members or other national party figures who have been pre-arranged by the DNC to represent the District. This year’s Unpledged Democratic Delegates will include Mayor Vincent Gray, U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and DC’s two unofficial shadow senators.

The total delegation of 44 members will travel to Charlotte in September to be part of the Convention nominating President Obama. To learn more about the delegate selection process, you may want to consult this chart on the DC Democratic Party’s website.

Perhaps this seems like a lot of effort, thought and money being spent to nominate someone who is, for all intents and purposes, already the inevitable choice. But as former ANC 1B commissioner and delegate candidate Brianne Nadeau reminds us, in an underrepresented community such as ours, it is the symbolism behind the vote that counts.

“Without full participation in the electoral process, we will never have full representation,” Nadeau says.

President Barack Obama will be the only name on the Democratic presidential primary ballot. On the Republican side, the choices are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and John Huntsman (who dropped out of the race). Sorry, folks, Rick Santorum won’t be on the GOP ballot here.

Democratic Delegate Timeline Process

For your reference, here’s a timeline of the delegate selection process:

  1. February 17, 2012 – Deadline for candidates to qualify for District-level delegates or Alternate Delegate  Candidates file a “Statement of Candidacy” and sign pledge with the DC Democratic State Committee designating support for their presidential candidate of choice.
  2. February 20, 2012 – State Party provides a list of District-level Delegates and Alternate candidates to the respective Presidential candidates.
  3. February 24, 2012 – Presidential candidates provide a list of approved District-level Delegate and Alternate
  4. candidates.
  5. March 1, 2012 – Last day for DNC to notify DC State Chair of names of Unpledged Delegates (DNC members)
  6. March 3, 2012 – Delegate candidate selection at the Pre-primary Caucus
  7. April 3, 2012 – Democratic Presidential Preference Primary
  8. April 17, 2012 – DC Board of Elections and Ethics certifies results of the primary; pre-slated District-level Delegates and Alternates are allocated according to presidential preference vote.
  9. April 23, 2012 – State Party certifies elected 14 District-level Delegates and one Alternate to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
  10. May 3, 2012 – DC State Committee Meeting to choose Pledged PLEO (Party Add-on) and At-Large Delegates and Alternate Delegate.
  11. June 17, 2012 – Last day for DC State Chair to inform DNC Secretary of presidential preferences of Unpledged Delegates.
  12. September 3-7, 2012 – Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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by Borderstan.com January 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,175 2 Comments

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Vincent Gray defeated incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the September 2010 Democratic primary. (luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

You may have seen the news stories on local TV as you recovered from your New Year’s Eve festivities: there is an effort underway to recall Mayor Vincent Gray, who was elected in November 2010.

Here’s the full story in the Huffington Post, which includes the group’s recall efforts of Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Councilmembers Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) The recall effort begins in earnest this week, as organizer Frederick Butler plans to file with the Board of Elections and Ethics this week.

A recall would require more than 45,000 voter signatures in 180 days, and all those signatures must be verified by the Board. Then, and only then, would a new election move forward. While that is a tall order, keep in mind that Californians recalled their governor in 2003 with over 800,000 signatures to usher in the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Viewed in that context, this recall move doesn’t sound that outlandish to me.

In the September 2010 Democratic Primary (the primary win is tantamount to election in this overwhelmingly Democratic town), Gray lost most all the precincts in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area to incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty. In fact, Fenty got more than 70% of the vote in the Borderstan area.

Then in the November general election — after Josh Lopez organized a write-in campaign for Fenty — “write in” garnered 23% citywide and more than 40% in some area precincts.

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by Borderstan.com November 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm 1,526 2 Comments

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Remember to vote for ANC commissioner on Nov. 2

Tuesday, Nov. 2: Election Day and DC and beyond. The polls in DC open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Don’t know where you vote? Go to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics Polling Place Locator, put in your home address and get your polling place information (selected area precincts are also listed below).

Remember to vote for ANC commissioner: Why ANC Races Matter: Vote Tuesday

Same-Day Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on Tuesday. This is only the second time DC has allowed same-day registration — the first time was on Sept. 14 for the primary election.


by Borderstan.com August 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm 1,182 0

From DupontForum:
Poll Workers Needed for Precincts around Dupont Circle

We are looking for a few good poll workers to work at the Precincts
around Dupont Circle for the primary and general elections, starting
with the DC Primary, September 9, 2008.

Although poll workers are paid a stipend of $120 per election, poll
work is essentially community service. The hours may be long and the
pay is low, but your service will be greatly appreciated.

You will be working from approximately 6 AM until 9 or 10 PM Election
Day and will spend an hour or two setting up the polling place, the
day before the actual election. In addition, you will need to attend
a two-hour orientation/training session before each election.

If you have questions about working in specific precincts in the
Dupont Circle area, please contact the following Precinct Captains:

Precinct no. 14 (St. Thomas Episcopal Church) Bob Cardis,
202-232-6131, [email protected],

Precinct no.15 (Foundry United Methodist Church) Jordan Davis,)
202-302-4775, [email protected]

Precinct no. 141 (Reeves Municipal Center) Kenlee Ray, 202-483-2423,
[email protected]

Applications for poll workers can be found on the Board of Elections
and Ethics web site at

If you can’t work the Primary on September 9 but would be available
for the general election on Nov. 4, please fill out the application.
We’ll need lots of workers for that election.


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