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We finally made it to Election Day. Consider this newsletter to be your one-stop shop on everything you need to know about Election Day in the District:
Where can I vote in-person? Vote centers will be open on Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. There are multiple Voter Centers in every ward. Some wards have “Super Vote Centers” that can accommodate large numbers of voters. Remember you can vote in any ward, not just the ward you reside in. Click HERE to find the closest center near you. And click HERE to learn how to get to the polls for cheap or even for free.
Where can I drop off my absentee ballot? D.C. is still accepting absentee ballots. After you fill out and sign your absentee ballot, and drop it off at any one of the city’s Mail Ballot Drop Boxes. The elections board is recommending voters use its Drop Boxes over the U.S. Postal Service due to delays. Click HERE to find the closest one near you. (You can also drop off your absentee ballot at a Vote Center.)
Not registered? D.C. has same-day registration. Just visit a Vote Center to register and vote in-person. Remember to bring a proof of residence like a DMV-issued ID, current utility bill (cell phone bill not accepted), lease, or other document that shows name and address.
When will results come in? Where can I see them?
Results will start to trickle in from the DC Board of Elections after 8 p.m. when the polls close. BOE will continue to give updates throughout the evening on its website.
Is any group hosting a demonstration? At least two demonstrations are planned at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Downtown D.C. beginning as early as 4 p.m. Click HERE for more information.
Still don’t know who to vote for? Read City Paper’s guide on the at-large D.C. Council race HERE. Voters get to choose two of the 24 candidates. While you are waiting in line, read in-depth profiles about the candidates who’ve seemingly got the most public support: Marcus Goodwin, Christina Henderson, Ed Lazere, and Vincent Orange. At-Large Councilmember Robert White, the Democratic nominee, is expected to win.
And read City Paper’s previous coverage on the at-large State Board of Education race HERE. The candidates who’ve received notable endorsements: Mysiki Valentine—the advocacy manager at the Fair Budget Coalition who has the support of the Washington Teachers’ Union, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, and Ward 4 Candidate Janeese Lewis George—and Jacque Patterson—an administrator at the charter network KIPP DC who has the support of the Washington Post Editorial Board, and Ward 7 and 8 Councilmembers Vince Gray and Trayon White.
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City Paper will be at the polls on Tuesday. Follow Mitch Ryals on Twitter @mitchryals, Rachel Cohen @rmc031, Sarah Marloff @SarahMarloff, and me @amanduhgomez. We’ll be trailing candidates but are interested in hearing from voters too. Got a tip? Tweet at any of us or at City Paper directly @wcp.
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- As of Nov. 3, D.C. reported 86 additional positive coronavirus cases and no additional deaths related to COVID-19. [EOM]
- Park Police use facial recognition to identify a protester accused of assaulting multiple officers during the Lafayette Square demonstration. [Post]
- Loved ones of Karon Hylton-Brown remember him. [DCist]
- 16-year-old Kareem Palmer is fatally shot after leaving his house on Halloween. [Post]
By Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- DC Public Schools will not open for in-person learning after teachers staged a “sick-in,” forcing the District to cancel online classes. [Post. WTOP]
- D.C. businesses are boarding up storefronts in preparation for Election Day. [DCist]
- UPDATE: Actually, Kevin Chavous is not endorsing Vincent Orange. [WCP]
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With the holiday season approaching, D.C. food banks, food pantries, and other food service nonprofits […]
- Former employees of Mike Isabella’s Wharf restaurant Requin file class action wage theft lawsuit. [Post]
- Silver Spring Cuban restaurant El Sapo has been violating COVID-19 safety protocols its owner calls draconian. [Eater DC]
- Critic Ann Limpert’s election night takeout recommendations. [Washingtonian]
By Laura Hayes (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of America’s best-loved ballerinas found a way to get back onstage, and she’s brought […]
- Indoor performance is back at the GALA Hispanic Theatre. [Post]
- A new mural at 9th and U streets NW celebrates birth control access. [PoPville]
By Emma Sarappo (tips? email@example.com)
- Sports stars continue to speak out about the importance of voting. [The Guardian, CNN]
- Natasha Cloud explains why she’s voting for Joe Biden: “When you’re talking about getting back to being empathetic and sympathetic and having a human being run our country, it is Biden. It is Biden through and through.” [Swish Appeal]
- Ron Rivera, who recently underwent chemotherapy for cancer, used his press conference to advocate for the Affordable Care Act. [Post]
By Kelyn Soong (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)