Tuesday is the big day. Across the U.S., people will vote to elect local, state, and federal representatives in midterm races widely seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency and the direction of the country.
In the heavily Democratic District, though, there are few toss-ups in the general election. Most contests were essentially decided in the primaries, which favored the mayoral and legislative incumbents.
Still, there are races on the ballot for mayor, congressional delegate, attorney general, D.C. Council chairman, various councilmember seats, state board of education roles, and super local positions on advisory neighborhood commissions. One race in particular, the at-large councilmember race, has become tight and tense.
Turnout is expected to be up as compared with previous elections. Early voting ended last Friday after a nearly two-week stretch, with more than 52,000 people casting ballots. That was almost double the number of people who voted early in the 2014 general election, the last non-presidential election year in the District. About 177,000 people total cast ballots in the 2014 general election, so D.C. is roughly a third of the way there already.
Residents can find their nearest polling place here, courtesy of the D.C. Board of Elections. (Check out the full list here.) The District will be operating more than 140 polling places on Tuesday and same-day registration is available. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Incumbents Dominate D.C. Primary Elections [Washington City Paper]
- Backlash to Elissa Silverman’s D.C. Council first term fuels campaign to unseat her [Washington Post]
- The man in the middle of D.C.’s ugliest political race [Washington Post]
- D.C. early voting starts on Oct. 22 [Curbed DC]