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DC Election Results: Voters OK Psychedelic Drug Measure; Council Projected to Be Majority Female

D.C. Mayor Bowser said Wednesday she was "very happy" that it looks like the Council will have a female majority

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The majority of D.C.'s local lawmakers will be women, according to NBC4 projections of local election results. In addition, D.C. voters are projected to have passed Initiative 81, which pertains to some psychedelic plants.

NBC News projects Joe Biden has won the District of Columbia's three electoral votes.

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However, D.C. votes are still being counted. Every voter was sent a mail-in ballot. While ballots needed to be postmarked by Election Day, they can arrive any time before Friday, Nov. 13 to still be counted. 

Stay with News4 and refresh this story for updated results. You can track all D.C. election results here. (Looking for more results in our area? See results for: Virginia Maryland | West Virginia)

D.C. voters are projected to pass Initiative 81.

The only question on the ballot in D.C. pertained to how D.C. enforces planting, possession and distribution of “entheogenic plants and fungi” used as drugs, such as magic mushrooms. 

A "yes" vote put this among the Metropolitan Police Department's “lowest low enforcement priorities” and called for prosecutors to end related prosecutions. 

Congress previously prohibited D.C. from legalizing any Schedule I drugs.

Initiative 81 would change the way D.C. enforces the non-commercial planting, cultivation, distribution, possession and use of entheogenic plants and fungi. News4's Aimee Cho explains.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday she was "very happy" to see that it appeared the D.C. Council would have a female majority.

Two new women are projected to have won seats on the Council, in addition to two male incumbents and one female incumbent.

Twenty-four candidates ran for two at-large D.C. Council seats. NBC4 is projecting the winners of those seats are incumbent Robert White and Senate staffer Christina Henderson. White was the only incumbent in the race, as Council Member David Grosso opted not to run for reelection. 

Many of the At-Large candidates were neighborhood activists and ran as independents. The long list of candidates included Ed Lazere, the director of a progressive think tank; former Council member Vincent Orange and real estate developer Marcus Goodwin.

NBC4 is projecting Democrat Brooke Pinto as the winner of the Ward 2 Council seat.

Earlier this year, Pinto won a special election for the seat after longtime Council member Jack Evans resigned over ethics violations. At 28, Pinto became the youngest-ever D.C. Council member.

Attorney Brooke Pinto declared victory Wednesday in the special election to represent Ward 2 on the D.C. Council, replacing Jack Evans after he resigned over ethics violations. At 28, Pinto will be the youngest member in D.C. Council history. She spoke with News4’s Juliana Valencia about her priorities.

NBC4 is projecting Janeese George as the winner of the Ward 4 Council seat. George beat incumbent Brandon Todd in the primary.

NBC4 is projecting incumbent Trayon White as the winner of the Ward 8 Council seat.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, first elected in 1990, ran for reelection and was expected to win.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.

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