WASHINGTON -- With D.C. elections officials expecting a voter turnout of at least 80 percent on Election Day, extra police will be in place to handle any problems at the polls.
The line already is long at the D.C. Board of Elections office, where thousands of people are casting absentee ballots. About 5,000 D.C. residents have voted since last week, officials said.
Every polling place will be fully staffed Nov. 4 to move lines along and maintain order, city leaders said.
Police and the mayor's administration have plans to make sure election night crowds, celebrations and demonstrations don't get out of hand, Mayor Adrian Fenty said.
The polls close at 8 p.m. in the District. Anyone already in line will be allowed to vote, which may take until 9:30 p.m.