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D.C. extends early-voting hours

The D.C. Board of Elections has extended the hours of early voting in the District until 9 p.m. this week to accommodate for the two days that polling locations were closed because of Hurricane Sandy.

The eight early voting sites in the District, one in each ward, will be open from 8:30 a.m. until  9 p.m starting Wednesday.  Early voting in the District lasts through Saturday.

Polling locations were initially scheduled to close at 7 p.m.  

Clifford D. Tatum, executive director of the elections board, said the additional two hours were added to ensure that residents inconvenienced by the cancelation of early voting Monday or Tuesday can still vote.

“We want to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot in this General Election.  We have added extra voting machines at every vote center and extended the hours of operation,” Tatum said.  “We also want to remind voters that if there are long lines at the Early Vote Center in their home ward, they can go to any other early voting site to cast a ballot in shorter lines, or can go to their polling place on November 6.”

The early voting locations are:  Columbia Heights Community Center in Ward 1, Judiciary Square in Ward 2, Chevy Chase Community Center in Ward 3, Takoma Community Center in Ward 4, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Ward 5, King Greenleaf Recreation Center in Ward 6, Dorothy Height/Benning Library in Ward 7 and  Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Ward 8.  

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.

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