Many of you have already voted. This is for the rest of you.
Early voting has been under way since October 22nd, and continues through Friday, November 4th, from 8:30 to 7 p.m. at the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street, NW and eight other early voting centers open around the District. You can vote at any of these locations. The Chevy Chase Community Center, at 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW, is the one in Ward 3.
Can’t vote in person? Requests for absentee ballots must be received by Tuesday, November 1st, and the deadline for mailing the ballots is Election Day: November 8th.
And on that day, DC voters will go to their assigned polling places, all of which will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Same-day voter registration is available on this day as well, again with the proper documentation.
The ballot for Ward 3 and 3F voters will include these candidates in this order:
The election of President / Vice President of the United States
Delegate to the US House of Representatives
At-Large Members of the DC Council (two to be elected)
Franklin Garcia, Democrat – franklinfordc.com
At-Large Member of the State Board of Education (nonpartisan election volunteer position)
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Candidates for ANC 3F (nonpartisan volunteer position)
All six ANC 3F candidates on the ballot are running unopposed. Five are incumbents. Your ballot will have only one name, of the candidate running in your single member district. Find your SMD at ancfinder.org.
Even though you can choose only one, it’s good to learn about the seven commissioners of ANC 3F, as their votes are given “great weight” by DC agencies. The five incumbents have previously sent us statements, which we are linking below.
Advisory Referendum on DC Statehood
As David Jonas Bardin writes for Forest Hills Connection, “An advisory referendum is a public opinion poll conducted via an election ballot.” We’re being asked whether we want the DC Council to petition Congress on statehood. Bardin’s piece addresses many people’s questions about the referendum.