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At Polls: Voting Winds Down Across City

Elissa Silverman:
Bertie Mackus Middle School in NE:

At 6:30, there were no lines at the school where local candidates usually make their last pushes because it's one of the city's largest.

By that time, 3,000 ballots of the 5,100 registered voters had been cast.

Precinct Captain Cosby Hunt, said, "When I pulled up at 6 in the morning they were lined up at the alley and around the corner. There were cars waiting for the gate to open."

He said the seniors were lined up to vote at 6 a.m. People in their '60s and '70s.

"The seniors said we're going to be there first and I don't think it was because it was because they wanted to be home in time for the soaps."

Keith Alexander:
St. Timothy Episcopal Church

Southeast Washington residents who voted at St. Timothy Episcopal Church 36th and Alabama Ave. SE last night were able to walk in and vote without a wait. The precinct had three voting machines, but required voters to fill out a hand ballot first before the machines electronically scanned their picks.

Marletta Childs brought her three children, Raheem, 12, and twins Malika and Manika 10.

"I want them to see this political process. To learn the names of people running for office," Childs said. "And I want them to remember they we're here for history."

There was a small, but steady stream trickling in to vote, but the 20 or so candidate supporters outside the building passing out literature outnumbered the voters.

Paul Schwartzman
Adams Morgan

At Goodwill Baptist Church polling place in Adams Morgan, there was a very short line as of 5:45 and no problems reported.

Eusebio Guzman, 39, brought his two boys and wife to vote and took photos in the polling booth.

"It's so when I'm 80 years old, or if I die, my kids can have a picture. They're going to have this forever. It's history."

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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