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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Primary election day in D.C. and Maryland: What you need to know (#DCprimary and #MDprimary)


Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is facing hard-charging Democratic challengers in his campaign for a third consecutive council term. (Jacquelyn Martin)
Voters are already turning out -- in higher-than-usual numbers in some precincts -- to cast votes in the Maryland and D.C. primaries Tuesday. If you’re planning to vote, here’s what you need to know:

The District

Who’s in the race? Our complete D.C. voting guide is here.

Where can I vote? Use our poll location finder to figure out where to cast your ballot.

How late are the polls open? Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) makes a point during a debate at Chevy Chase Community Center in advance of Tuesday’s elections. (Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post)
How can I catch up on the candidates and the issues?

Here’s some required reading:

D.C. Council candidates scramble for primary votes

Jim Graham backs Vincent Orange in at-large race

Biddle launches red-eyed attack on Orange

• More on Mike Debonis’s blog and at D.C. Wire.

Whom should I follow on Twitter?

Follow along with tweets from The Post’s reporters and contribute by using #DCPrimary:

Maryland


Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola (SUSAN BIDDLE - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Maryland voters head to the polls Tuesday to make their picks for the Republican presidential nominee and other races ahead of November’s general election.

Among the main events in Maryland’s congressional races are the battle in the 6th Congressional District between Democrats state Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola and financier John Delaney.


Financier John Delaney (Ricky Carioti - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Who’s in the presidential primary contest?

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney; Rich Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania; former House speaker Newt Gingrich; and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

• Who’s in the Maryland congressional primaries?

Our complete Voter’s Guide is here.

• Where can I vote?

Use our poll location finder to figure out where to cast your ballot.

• How late are the polls open?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here’s some required reading:

• In Md., primary contests for Rep. Rosoce Bartlett’s seat set to go down to the wire

• Garagiola’s Annapolis record provides fodder for friends, foes

• Muse faces uphill battle in primary against Cardin

• Five questions about Maryland’s primary elections

• John Delaney’s business record key to his congressional campaign — and his opponent’s criticism

What about the other primaries?

If you’d like to follow along with news from all of today’s primaries, including Wisconsin’s, follow

One more thing:

Use #votewatch to share information/scenes from election day.

Emily Ingram and Eli Reyes contributed to this story.

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