DC Mayor Election 2014: Democratic Primary is Tuesday, April 1

Democratic mayoral primary race is front and center.

Are you ready to vote? The DC primary is Tuesday. Patch art
Are you ready to vote? The DC primary is Tuesday. Patch art
Do you know who you are going to vote for in Tuesday's primary election in DC?

Here are a few things to know on Tuesday if you plan to vote:
  • The primary is a closed partisan primary. Only voters registered with a political party may vote and they may vote only in the election held for their party.
  • Local voters can use the new DC Board of Elections app to get directions to polling places, view the candidate list and more. The Board's mobile app is free via the Web and for all Apple and Android mobile phones.
  • Although the DC Democratic mayoral primary race is front and center, the Democratic, Republican, DC Statehood Green, and Libertarian parties have qualified to hold primaries to select their party’s nominee in the general election for the following partisan offices:
  • Delegate to the US House of Representatives
  • Mayor of the District of Columbia
  • Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Ward 1, 3, 5 and 6 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Attorney General for the District of Columbia (tentatively included pending outcome of Bill 20-134)
  • United States ("Shadow") Representative
  • United States ("Shadow") Senator
  • District of Columbia Democratic State Committee Offices
(See all the names on the ballot here.)

OK, back to the Democratic mayoral primary. Here's who is on the ballot; by clicking on the link, it will take you to that candidate's campaign Web site:

If you're not sure where your polling place, is visit this site on the Board of Elections page to find it by plugging in your address. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Are you registered? To confirm your voter registration, click here for the D.C. Board of Elections.

Worried about long lines? Don't be. The DC Board of Elections is adding more touchscreen voting and "ePollbook" implementation:

Touchscreen Voting: The Board is doubling the number of touchscreen voting machines on Election Day and expanding the number of touchscreens available at Early Voting.

ePollbook Implementation: Voters will no longer have to wait in alphabet lines as the Board will fully implement ePollbooks to look up all voters. This will be the first large-scale election using this equipment and will speed up the voting process on Tuesday.

Not registered? You can register at a polling place that serves your current address on Election Day. If you are registering to vote in the District for the first time, you must show proof of residence by providing one of the following types of documents:    
  • Current and valid District of Columbia DMV‐issued ID  
  • Government check or paycheck  
  • Bank statement 
  • Current utility bill or lease 
  • Other government document showing your name and current District address 
  • Statement from a student housing/resident facility 
  • Statement of occupancy from a District of Columbia homeless shelter   

All same‐day registrants will vote by special ballot. That ballot will be counted once the Board is able to verify the information shown on your identification. If you do not provide one of the above types of identification when registering, you can still cast a special ballot, but it will not be counted unless you bring proof of residence to the Board within 10 days after the election (April 11).  


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