I'm writing to check in about the November 3rd Election, to see if you've made a plant to vote (if you haven't voted already), and to share resources and offer assistance, if needed.
The DC Board of Elections has advised that residents who have not yet received their mail-in ballot be prepared to vote in person. Early voting has started and runs for three more days (today through Monday, November 2nd). Election Dayis November 3rd. The Board has encouraged individuals who vote in person to make a plan to vote and to vote early to avoid lines. Don't forget your mask!
A list of the 32 early voting Vote Centers (open now - November 2nd, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, as well as on November 3rd, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm) can be found here, including Ida B. Wells Middle School, 405 Sheridan Street, NW. A list of the 95 Election Day Vote Centers (open November 3rd from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm) can be found here, including Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road, NW. You can vote at any Vote Center during early voting and on Election Day! These lists of Vote Centers also include approximate wait times, and the lines at all Ward 4 early voting vote centers are currently short.
If you voted via mail-in ballot and have not yet returned your ballot, elections officials advise you drop your ballot at a secure drop box (locations here, including the Takoma Metro and the Takoma Library) or at an open vote center, and not via the US Postal Service due to mail delays. The drop boxes inside vote centers are different than the secure drop boxes placed outside. They are smaller and white. If you need assistance, an election worker can help direct you. You can track your mail-in ballot (on its way to you and on its way back to the Board via whatever method you use to drop your ballot) here.
Based on the latestreporting,voter turnout is promising. 219,266 votes have been cast in DC through Thursday, October 29th. 173,517 are mail-in ballot votes (114,937 via ballot drop boxes and 58,580 via the US Postal Service). And 45,749 are early in-person votes. All told, this is 70 percent of total 2016 turnout, or 43 percent of total registered voters in DC. For additional context, 65.3 percent of registered voters turned out in 2016, which means approximately 23 percent of registered voters need to turn out this election to exceed 2016 turnout.
If you or someone you know needs assistance dropping your mail-in ballot at a secure drop box, neighbor Jaime Willis is offering to pick up and drop ballots on Sunday, November 1st, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Just make sure to vote, sign, and seal your ballot first. You can reach Jaime by telephone at (202) 494-1325 or by email email@example.com. If you have questions or need assistance you can call the Board of Elections at their main line (202) 727-2525 or at their call center (202) 741-5283. I've also had good response times raising questions to the Board via Twitter. I can help answer questions and reach out to the Board on your behalf, as helpful. Please email me at 4B02@anc.dc.govfor assistance.
There are a lot of important races on your ballot this election, including local races for At-Large members of the DC Council, At-Large member of the DC State Board of Education, Initiative 81, and your local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner! To learn more about candidates, check out the Office of Campaign Finance's 2020 DC Debates for DC Council, At-Large and DC State Board of Education, At-Large; the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia's Voter Guide; the Washington Post's write-up on the DC Council, At-Large race; the Washington City Paper's Voter Guide; DCist's Voter Guide; and DC Geekery (for information on campaign contributions).