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D.C. polls open at 7 a.m. for special election

District voters will go the polls Tuesday to elect a new at-large member to the D.C. Council to fill the seat left vacant when Kwame R. Brown (D) was elected chairman of the body last year.

Although turnout is expected to be light, the polls will be open at all 143 precincts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, check the D.C. finder.

Nine candidates have campaigned for the office: six Democrats, one Republican, one independent and one member of the D.C. Statehood Green Party.

After Brown was sworn in as chairman in January, the D.C. Democratic State Committee voted to appoint Sekou Biddle as an interim member pending the special election. Biddle is now vying to keep the seat for the remainder of the term.

The winner of the election will assume office within days of the election being certified.

The candidates on the ballot, in the order that names will will appear, are Alan Page, an attorney and a member of the Statehood Green Party; Dorothy Douglas, a School Board member and a Democrat; Bryan Weaver, an activist and a Democrat; Arkan Haile, an attorney and an independent; Joshua Lopez, an activist and a Democrat; Patrick Mara, a consultant and a Republican; Biddle, a former school board member; Tom Brown, an advocate and former teacher and a Democrat; and Vincent B. Orange, a former council member and a Democrat.

Voters in wards 4 and 8 will also be electing representatives to the school board.

Under a District law implemented last year, residents can register and vote on the same day with a driver’s license or other proof of residence, such as a utility bill. Voters can contact the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics at (202) 727-2525 for more details.

More special election details are also available in the D.C. election guide.

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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