District officials are promoting early voting, but they’re backing off their push to increase early voting ahead of April’s primary election. They’ve cut the number of early voting centers from 13 for the primary to nine for next month’s election.
Officials are decreasing the number of early polling places because early voting accounted for only 14.8 percent of votes cast during the primary. A District Board of Elections report found that this was “significantly lower than expected.”
There will be two early voting centers in Ward 6:
King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N Street SW
Closest Metro station: Waterfront-SEU
Sherwood Recreation Center
640 10th Street NE
Closest Metro station: Union Station
The Kennedy Recreation Center will not be used as an early voting site, but Ward 6 residents in Northwest will be able to cast their early ballots at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street NW) instead.
The hours for all of the neighborhood voting centers will be 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and they will be closed on Sundays. D.C. citizens can vote at any of the centers until Nov. 1. People must cast ballots at their local voting place if they vote on Nov. 3.
The Old City Council Chambers has been open for early voting since Monday.