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Four major parties to select candidates on Sept. 12

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The Common Denominator asked all candidates whose names appear on a Sept. 12 political party ballot to complete a candidate questionnaire, providing basic information along with their qualifications and reasons for seeking elective office.

D.C. voters who are registered as members of one of the city’s four major political parties will go to the polls Sept. 12 to select their respective party’s nominees to run for city offices that are up for election on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Candidates on the Sept. 12 primary election ballot will be seeking election as at-large members of the D.C. City Council and to represent Wards 2, 4, 7 and 8 on the council. Candidates also will be seeking election as the city’s "shadow" U.S. senator and "shadow" U.S. representative, which are unpaid positions created by city voters to be lobbyists for D.C. citizenship rights and statehood.

All of the city’s 140 voting precincts will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters who have moved since last voting or who do not know the location of their polling place are advised by D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Director Alice P. Miller to call the board office. Voters who are elderly or disabled may request special assistance to vote.

Voters who will be out of town on election day may cast an absentee ballot in person by 4:45 p.m. Sept. 11 at the elections board office at 441 Fourth St. NW, Room 250. Written requests for absentee ballots will be accepted through Sept. 5.

For more information, call the elections board at (202) 727-2525, TDD (202) 639-8916. Voters also may get more information about this and other D.C. elections by visiting the elections board’s Web site at





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