The Times considers the early voters in the Ward 5 special election: old folks.
Residents aged 60 or older make up 15.8 percent of Ward 5’s population, putting it behind only Wards 3 and 4 (16.4 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively) in its proportion of older residents, according to 2010 census statistics culled by the D.C. Office on Aging. By Monday evening, more than 500 people had voted early at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics at Judiciary Square or at Turkey Thicket, according to the BOEE.
Those who visited the recreation center on Monday tended to be older, taking advantage of smaller crowds that enable them to vote with ease and get out of their vehicles closer to the polling site.
That the 11 remaining candidates are holding a pander-rama for seniors isn’t exactly a surprise. Seniors are probably a lot less likely to be swayed by how much money the candidates spend—and, as LL reports, there isn’t a ton of that going into the final week before the election.
Frank Wilds and Kenyan McDuffie have $45,000 and $14,000 respectively, but of the rest of the candidates who have filed their reports, no one has more than $5,000.