Early voting sites open across D.C. on Saturday

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser greets some of the first to arrive for early voting on Monday.(Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)
D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser greets some of the first to arrive for early voting on Monday.(Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)

Early voting opportunities in the District will vastly expand Saturday, when 12 new polling sites open across the city for the party primaries.

One early voting site, at the One Judiciary Square city office building downtown, has been open since Monday and will remain open for the remainder of early voting. Through Thursday, 988 voters had cast ballots there, according to the D.C. Board of Elections.

All 13 early voting sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. through 7 p.m. Saturday, then will close Sunday. They will reopen Monday, remaining open with the same hours through next Saturday, March 29. On Primary Election Day, April 1, all 143 precinct polling places will be open from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m.

On the ballot are numerous local offices, including mayor, D.C. Council chairman, six D.C. Council seats, congressional delegate, “shadow” senator and representative, and, for Democrats, a slew of party offices.

Note than any D.C. voter, regardless of where they live, can vote in any early voting center. At most sites, voters must must cast electronic ballots; paper ballots are available, however, at One Judiciary Square. Also, for the first time, the Board of Elections is offering wait times on its web site.

The early voting centers are located at:

• Bald Eagle Recreation Center (Ward 8), 100 Joliet St. SW

• Chevy Chase Community Center (Ward 3), 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW

• Columbia Heights Community Center (Ward 1), 1480 Girard St. NW

• Dorothy I. Height-Benning Library (Ward 7), 3935 Benning Road NE

• Emery Recreation Center (Ward 4), 5801 Georgia Ave. NW

• Hillcrest Recreation Center (Ward 7), 3100 Denver St. SE

• Kennedy Recreation Center (Ward 6), 1401 7th St. NW

• King Greenleaf Recreation Center (Ward 6), 201 N St. SW

• One Judiciary Square (Ward 2), 441 4th St. NW

• Sherwood Recreation Center (Ward 6), 640 10th St. NE

• Stoddert Recreation Center (Ward 3), 4001 Calvert St. NW

• Takoma Park Recreation Center (Ward 4), 300 Van Buren St. NW

• Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (Ward 5), 1100 Michigan Ave. NE

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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