Tomorrow DC voters go to the polls in a special election to elect an At-Large member of the City Council. The seat became open after Phil Mendelson won a special election in November as Chair of the DC Council (in the wake of Kwame Brown’s resignation). Anita Bonds currently holds the seat as a temporary appointee and is a candidate in Tuesday’s election.
There are no party primaries and all six candidates (seven if you count former Councilmember Michael A. Brown who withdrew from the race but remains on the ballot). Bonds is facing Democrats Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zuckerberg; Republican Patrick Mara; and Statehood Green candidate Perry Redd.
Voters will also vote on Referendum 8, which would amend DC’s Home Rule Charter to give the city final authority over its own budget; Congress currently must approve all DC budgets. The Washington Post explains what would happen next with Congress if Resolution 8 passes.
Polling Place Locations
Not sure where to vote on Tuesday, April 23? The DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) website has a polling place locator app on its site. You can put in your address or (if you know it) your precinct number and your voting place will come up.
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.
“If otherwise qualified, you may register at your precinct’s polling place on Election Day and cast a special ballot that same day. Valid proof of residence is either a copy of a current and valid government photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.”
Borderstan-Area Precincts with Address
- 4 – West End Public Library, 1101 24th Street NW (Ward 2)
- 13 -Our Lady of the Americas Auditorium, 2200 California Street NW (Ward 2)
- 14 – St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Guild Room, 1772 Church Street NW (Ward 2)
- 15 – Foundry United Methodist Church Community Room Lower Level, 1500 16th Street NW (Ward 2)
- 16 – Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (lower level), 1701 15th Street NW (Ward 2)
- 17 – Metropolitan AME Church Douglas Hall, 1518 M Street NW (Ward 2)
- 18 – Kennedy Recreation Center Gymnasium, 1407 7th Street NW (Ward 6)
- 21 – Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Community Library Large Meeting Room, 1630 7th Street NW (Ward 6)
- 22 – Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School Auditorium, 2001 10th Street NW (Ward 1)
- 23 – Rita Bright Community Center Gymnasium, 2500 14th Street NW (Ward 1)
- 24 – Marie Reed Learning Center Living Room, 2200 Champlain Street NW (Ward 1)
- 25 – Goodwill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1862 Kalorama Road NW (Ward 1)
- 137 – Garrison Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1200 S Street NW (Ward 1)
- 141 – Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center North Lobby, 2000 14th Street NW (Ward 2)
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)
The D.C. special election is finally at hand: Tuesday, April 26. Voters across D.C. will elect an At-Large member of the D.C. Council from one of nine candidates on the ballot (links to candidate websites provided). The seat opened up when Kwame Brown was elected Council chairman in November. Sekou Biddle was appointed the seat until Tuesday’s special election.
For more information on the candidates, check out the Washington City Paper’s Voter Guide: The April 26 At-Large Special Election as well as the site Four26 and DCist’s Voter Guide: The April 26 At-Large Special Election. Borderstan did non-political profiles on candidates Joshua Lopez, Patrick Mara and Bryan Weaver.
The polls in D.C. open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. 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.
Same-Day Voter Registration
If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on Tuesday — this is only the third time D.C. has allowed same-day registration. 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.”
Voting Places: Local Precincts
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.
Good morning, Borderstanians. The almost-two-year presidential campaign is almost at an end. Vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4–and remember to vote in those down-ballot races for D.C. slots. Don’t just vote for president and run out of the polling place. DC polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
City Council Races. For example, remember that there is a hot race for two At-Large D.C. Council seats. The Washington Post has an article today on the race, “Final Push For Council Highlights D.C. Rivalry.”
ANC Races. If you live in ANC 2B-09 (outside Borderstan to the north), your ANC seat is being contested between incumbent Ramon Estrada and challenger Doug Rogers. The Borderstan posting on the race is here: “ANC Races: 2B-09 Hotly Contested.”
Voter Guides and Polling Places
- The Washington Post DC Voter Guide.
- D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics: Election Year 2008.
- Polling Places. All Borderstanians vote at the Fifteenth Presbyterian Church at the northeast corner of 15th and R Streets NW; the entrance is on R Street. If you live outside Borderstan, you can find your polling place here.