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I know it's easy to filter out most of the now-incessant election-related noise around the city (though believe me, I'm trying), but even total exhaustion with the process is a lame excuse to not vote. I've always felt that, if you don't vote, you really do lose all right to complain about what your elected officials--and the staffs they hire--are doing. Not to mention that whole civic-duty living-in-a-democracy thing.
The ANC commissioners running for 6D02 and 6D07 may be unfamilar to you, so I suggest again that you read the questionnaire they were all nice enough to fill out (even though one of them told me it was like filling out a college application).
Neighborhood residents will be voting not only for mayor and the aforementioned ANC Commissioners, but also for their Ward 6 council member, either Charles Allen or Libertarian candidate Pranav Badhwar. Voters will also choose the delegate to the US House of Representatives, two at-large council members, and the city's attorney general, which is an elected position for the first time. There's also the race for Ward 6 representative to the "state" board of education, and the "shadow" US House/Senate seats.
And if none of those races get you excited, there's also the vote for or against Initiative Measure No. 71, the "Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014."
Here's the Ward 6 sample ballot, if you don't believe me. (Scroll to page 5 for the "back side.")
The DC Board of Elections is happy to tell you that early voting is underway, up through Saturday, Nov. 1. The closest early voting center to Near Southeast is at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, at 201 N St. SW, and it's open from 8:30 am to 7 pm daily. It's only had 504 voters so far as of this writing, the lowest of any of the early voting centers. Let's step it up, people!
If you're feeling old-school and you plan to vote on Election Day itself (that's Tuesday, Nov. 4, if you REALLY aren't paying attention), you can find your polling place here, though for most of the residents of Near Southeast you'll be voting at Van Ness Elementary School, 1150 5th St. SE. It will be open on Election Day from 7 am to 8 pm.
The Voter's Guide (with its upside-down DC flag now fixed) can help you as well.
Plus, when you vote you get one of these, which is really the best part of all.
UPDATE, 10/30: The Hill is Home interviewed mayoral candidates about Ward 6 issues. See who responded, and who didn't.
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conngs0 says: (10/29/14 1:10 PM)
I voted on Saturday at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center. The low turnout at that particular location means the process is over in no time at all. I was there for less than five minutes. Seems like a no-brainer alternative to waiting in line on the 4th to me. Plus, there are apparently stickers that designate you as an EARLY voter! Good luck to all the candidates.


Gamble Rogers says: (10/29/14 4:45 PM)
Loved the voter guide's upside-down D.C. flag -- did they mean to send a signal of distress to D.C. voters?

I took it as a subliminal message.


conngs0 says: (10/30/14 2:33 PM)
I actually think the DC Board of Elections claimed that it wasn't an accident on their part, but an intentional message to DC voters. But honestly, does anyone believe that they didn't just misprint the voting guides? Either way, I thought it was pretty amusing too.

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