Voting: Here’s What to Know in D.C.

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By Kynadi Hyde

Howard University News Service

It’s Election Day, traditionally Tuesday after the first Monday in November D.C. polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to house this year’s midterm elections.  At the mid-point of a president’s term, biennial elections including congressional, gubernatorial, mayoral, and others take place nationwide, inducting a fresh cohort of politicians into the  republic. 

This year’s midterms  will help determine the political climate of the nation, as these races have historically aided in predicting the results of future presidential races. 

The GOP needs a gain of just five seats to flip the House and lead  Congress’s lower chamber. A Washington Post poll concludes that Congressional votes are split among registered voters, as 49% of likely voters lean toward their district’s Republican candidate, while 48% of likely voters opt for the Democratic candidate. 

D.C. ballots will include candidates for the following:

  • Mayor
  • Attorney general
  • D.C. City Council: Wards 1, 3, 5 & 6 
  • D.C. Congressional Candidate: 1 seat
  • Shadow Congressional Candidate: 1 seat
  • State Board of Education: Wards 1, 3, 5 & 6
  • Advisory neighborhood commissioners: 296 commissioners

The best way to find out if you are registered to vote in D.C. is to head over to the 

National Association of Secretaries of State’s website and insert your name in the voter registration portal. 

Same-day voter registration is also available at D.C polling stations. 

First-time voters should bring a valid form of identification, a copy of a bill, or any other government document that shows  a name and address to their polling station on Tuesday. Identification documents are not required at the polls for seasoned voters.

The closest polling stations to Howard University’s campus include:

  • Raymond Education Campus 2501 11th Street, NW
  • Garrison Elementary School 1200 S Street, NW

For more about D.C.’s election see  https://www.dcboe.org.