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D.C. residents hit the polls

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Shannon O’Reilly.

Foggy Bottom residents have lined up at the polls early today to cast their votes for the D.C. and national elections.

Voters enter the precinct at St. Mary's Court.
Voters enter the precinct at St. Mary's Court. Alex Ellis/photo editor

While the GW precinct, located in the Smith Center, remained fairly quiet, polling facilities at St. Mary’s Court and The West End Public Library had voter lines wrapped around the buildings.

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, D-Ward 2, who is running for reelection, made an appearance at The West End Public Library precinct around 9 a.m. Dressed in a blue suit and red tie, Evans greeted voters around his ward this morning, beginning in Georgetown.

“I think we will do well, especially since this area is heavily Democratic”, Evans said.

Paul Winick, a volunteer for incumbent D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz, R-At Large, was also at The West End Library. After losing in the primaries, Schwartz is now running a write-in campaign.

Winick calls Schwartz a “watch dog” and a person who will look out for District residents.

At St. Mary’s Court, Precinct 3, lines wrapped around the building, doubling in size by the hour. Poll operator John Garner estimated that about 100 votes were cast at the precinct every hour.

Voter awareness and opinion varied for the local election.

Shirin Madad, a young resident of D.C., had no clue about who was running for the Ward 2 or at-large council seats.

“All I know is that I get a lot of annoying calls”, Madad said.

D.C. resident Marilyn Veegh planned to vote all for all Democrats on the ballot except for Evans because of his involvement with the Whitehurst freeway.

“I don’t like the things he is for,” she said.

Veegh said she is voting for the write-in Schwartz because of her involvement in education.

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