More than 22,000 District voters have already cast ballots in Tuesday's Democratic primary, equaling roughly 20 percent of the total ballots cast four years ago.
Although early voting continues until 4:30 p.m. Monday at a polling site at Judiciary Square, Saturday was the last day to vote early at four satellite polling locations across the city.
By the end of Saturday, 5,928 voters had cast ballots at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5,132 at Judiciary Square, 4,637 at Hine Junior High School on Capitol Hill, 4,438 at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Northeast and 1,913 at Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.
Nearly 2,300 ballots were from voters who took advantage of the city's new same-day registration law.
Although early-voting turnout was strongest in communities expected to be strongholds for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, his opponent's campaign noted that voters from across the city were shuttled to the polling sites.
D.C Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Fenty's chief opponent, stressed that there was no satellite polling location in his home base of Ward 7. In past elections, Ward 7 has had among the highest turnout in the city.
The ballots from early voting will not be counted until the polls close in all 143 precincts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The early-voting results will added to the final totals late Tuesday or early Wednesday, after all other votes from the precincts have been tabulated.
Provisional ballots, which will include all those cast by same-day registrants, and absentee ballots will be counted 10 days after the primary.
In other words, don't be surprised if there is no clear winner on Wednesday.