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D.C. using Twitter to tell the story of voter turnout

If Twitter activity is any indication, D.C. voters are slowly making their way to precincts across the city to cast ballots in a special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

Eight men and one woman are running in a race that could potentially alter the council’s balance of power, the Post’s Tim Craig reports.

Only a small number of the city’s registered voters were expected to vote Tuesday, and, so far, turnout has matched expectations. We asked @WashingtonPost followers to tell us what they were seeing at the precincts using #four26, an already trending D.C. election day hash tag:

@WashingtonPost Voted at McKinley Tech, precinct 75. Very, very quiet over there. #four26less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Replydascruggs

per @DCBOEE, #BloomingdaleDC’s Precinct 135 has 3566 registered voters. 5 hours in, 3% of that total have voted on #four26less than a minute ago via Seesmic for Android Favorite Retweet Replyin bloom

@WashingtonPost #ivoted wd 6 pct 143. 1 other voter and rather empty signature books to my eye... Much quieter than mayoral primary. #four26less than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac Favorite Retweet ReplyAdam Sharp

Voter # 12 at precinct 128. Took longer to find a secure place for my bike than to vote. #four26less than a minute ago via TweetCaster Favorite Retweet Replynicole

PostLocal reader @bogrosemary pointed out that plenty of voters are using #Four26DC, too:

With turnout reports as low as they are, anyone with an “I Voted” sticker should get a year-long reprieve from paying taxes. #four26dcless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyMartin Austermuhle

I was the 25th person to cast a paper ballot at Precinct 137 #four26dc #voteDCless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyNikolas Schiller

However you decide to tweet about your voting experience, know that polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. If you have a problem or a question, the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics — @DCBOEE — is actively directing traffic on Twitter. Follow Tim Craig and Mike DeBonis for Post updates, and follow along with #Four26 here:

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