Last November, At Large Councilmember Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown was elected as chair of the D.C. Council. That meant his at-large seat has to be filled. So the District is holding a special election on April 26th.
But there’s no need to actually wait for April 26th to vote. The District has very permissive early voting rules. You can just go down to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics at One Judiciary Square and vote right now. The doors are open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. You don’t need to pretend you’re going to be out of town, or observing Passover, etc. You can just go an vote early, no questions asked.
You can vote by mail too. Go here to order an absentee ballot (again, no need to pretend you’re going to actually be absent on the 26th).
Finally, if you just want the old fashioned feeling of waiting in line and voting on election day itself, you can still do that. If you live east of Wisconsin Ave., your voting place is the Georgetown Library (which is different from the normal location at Christ Church); if you live west of Wisconsin Ave., your voting place is the Duke Ellington School.
As for whom you should vote for, GM’s not really big on official endorsements. But that said, he thinks Bryan Weaver and Pat Mara are both fantastic candidates who would each bring a different focus and strength to the recently adrift council. Interim councilmember Sekou Biddle is alright, as far things go, but is not particularly great either. GM’s not familiar enough with most of the other candidates to say much either way. However, the only candidate GM really thinks you shouldn’t vote for is Vincent Orange. He is an old school machine politician who will say just about anything to get elected. His record as Councilmember for Ward 5 was unimpressive and he was rightly crushed in his 2006 run for mayor. Right now the council needs better than Orange has ever shown he’s willing or able to deliver. So please, got out and vote, just don’t vote Orange.