Bloomingdale residents vote at either Mt. Bethel Baptist Church (precinct 135) or at Dunbar High (precinct 19).
The polls are open today from 7 am to 8 pm.
By Tim Craig,District voters head to the polls Tuesday for a special election for a D.C. Council seat as well as a referendum on granting city leaders more control over the District budget.
The citywide council election is being held to fill out the term of Phil Mendelson (D), who held the at-large seat before becoming chairman last year. In December, the D.C. Democratic State Committee selected party chairwoman Anita Bonds (D) as an interim council member pending Tuesday’s outcome. Bonds, 67, is being challenged by Republican Patrick Mara, 38, Statehood Green Party candidate Perry Redd, 48, and Democrats Matthew Frumin, 53, Elissa Silverman, 40, and Paul Zukerberg, 55.
The winner will sit on the 13-member council for about 18 months and will be up for reelection next year when the term for Mendelson’s old seat expires. Voters also are being asked to consider Referendum 8, which would give the city government authority to spend locally raised funds without congressional action. But it remains unclear whether the referendum, backed by several advocacy groups and numerous city leaders, will pass congressional review and possible legal challenges.
All 143 polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters are asked to cast ballots at their designated precinct.