Early Voting Starts Monday in D.C.

Voters, candidates and the Board of Elections are preparing for the new process

By Tracee Wilkins
|  Monday, Aug 30, 2010  |  Updated 8:01 PM EDT
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D.C. voters began heading to the polls monday to cast their votes in the upcoming primary.

While Election Day is Sept. 14, early voting will run for two weeks leading up to it. Starting Monday, from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. voters can go to 1 Judiciary Square from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and vote using paper ballots or they can vote electronically. 

"We’ve spent the last part of the year getting new voting equipment, poll books, writing new regulations, creating new training curriculums, training pole workers," said Rokey Suleman, executive director for D.C.'s Board of Elections and Ethics. "We’ve spent a good part of the year planning for this."

Starting Saturday, Sept. 4, there will be four other satellite locations available but with electronic voting only -- Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, the Chevy Chase Community Center, Hine Junior High School or Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

"You just want to make sure that everying happens appropriately in terms of security and ballot security, and it’s not just voting but also voter registration, so you want to make sure that it is done appropriately," said Adam Rubinson, campaign manager for mayoral candidate and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Click here to view your polling location on Primary Day and to view a sample ballot that you can print out and take with you to the polls.

The D.C. League of Women Voters' guide to the primary is now available.  Click here to view the guide.

The Details:

Beginning on Monday, August 30 from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., any voter can cast a ballot at:

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW

Beginning on Saturday, September 4 from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., four additional early voting locations will open:

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Hine Junior High School
335 8th Street, SE

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Avenue, SE

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Please note that early voting centers will not be open on Sunday, September 5 or Sunday, September 12. Voting locations will be open on Monday, September 6 (Labor Day).

Click here for a map of the early voting centers.

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