District of Columbia voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose party nominees for seats on the D.C. City Council. Candidates chosen in Tuesday's primary election will compete in the Nov. 4 general election.

Citywide, voters will choose nominees for one at-large seat on the council. Voters in Wards 2, 4, 7 and 8 also will choose party nominees for council seats representing their wards.

Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. All District residents who are registered as Democrats, Republicans or with the Statehood Party are eligible to vote on Tuesday, provided that they have voted or registered within the last four years.

Although there will be a Statehood Party primary, no Statehood candidates completed the procedures necessary to have their names appear on the ballot. However, voters registered with the Statehood Party will be able to nominate candidates by write-in vote. Democratic and republican candidates will appear on their party's ballots. Write-in votes are permitted in those contests as well, and may be entered directly on the voting card provided by

Voters will be able to vote only for candidates of the party in which they are registered. Crossover votes are not allowed. Voters registered as independents or registered with parties that are not having primaries are not elegible to vote on Tuesday, although they will be able to cast ballots in November.

Voters in Ward 1 will receive a ballot in both Spanish and English. Physically handicapped voters should arrange to have a person accompany them who can go into the polling place and notify any elections official. The elections worker will assist the handicapped individual in casting his or her vote.

District residents who have not notified the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics of a change of address will be required to show two pieces of identifiction in order to vote. The identification should contain the new address.

Voting will be by the same punch-card system used in recent District elections. No polling places have been changed. (Because of apparent confusion in the last election, the elections board is reminding voters in Precinct 32 that the polling place is now at Wesley Methodist Church, Connecticut Avenue and Jennifer Street NW.)

For further information concerning the primary, voters may call the Board of Elections at 347-9725, or the League of Women Voters at 785-2616. b