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Today, We Write History

Today history will be made. It will be a day when the first African American president is elected to office, in Sen. Barack Obama, or the day when the nation will elect the first woman to the vice presidency, in Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin.

In the District, incumbent Democrats seeking reelection are ready to comfortably ride back into office on the wave of excitement about the presidential race.

Locally, the biggest question is the at-large race, where three of seven candidates are fighting it out: Republican incumbent Carol Schwartz, now running as a write-in; Michael Brown, Democrat-turned-Independent, and Republican challenger Patrick Mara.

The District also returns to a fully elected school board today, as well as voting for its U.S. Delegate to the House of Representatives, and shadow senator and shadow representatives.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vote today and let us know how it went at the polls.

Let's write history together!

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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I went by my polling place on the 1500 block of M St NW and the line extended a block and a half down 16th St all the way to L. We're talking hundreds of people in line. Still, the line was moving fairly quickly and people were in a good mood. To me this is a real encouraging sign.

Posted by: mgt33139 | November 4, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

My polling place was in the 3700 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW. I arrived at 8am and the line was snaked out the door and down the block. Things were a little chaotic; because there were so many people waiting, there was some confusion with the lines to check-in versus the one to pick up a ballot. All in all, however, the line moved quickly and there didn't seem to be any major issues; I waited 48 minutes from the time I arrived to the time I voted. By the time I left, there was no line outside the building.

Posted by: jmm1999 | November 4, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to the DC Election folks! This morning's voting at the Stuart Hobson Junior High was painless and -- dare I say -- inspiring! My less mobile neighbors took advantage of curbside voting assisted by polite and competent election workers, while those of us in line appreciated the periodic canvassing but an election worker -- blackberry in hand -- who wanted to ensure we didn't waste our time at the wrong precinct by offering to check our polling place online. In and out at peak 8:30 a.m. time in less than 30 minutes from the moment I joined the outside queue. Job well done.

Posted by: capitolhilllawyer | November 4, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

15-20 minutes in Wesley Heights.

Would have been faster if I hadn't opted for the electronic ballot, with only one machine.

Posted by: ah___ | November 4, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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