Prepare for Election Day traffic
There's very little in the D.C. region's 2010 election campaigning that amounts to transportation politics, but Tuesday's voting will generate some traffic issues of its own.
In Maryland and the District, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Virginia, the hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sun will rise at 7:36 a.m. and set at 6:07 p.m. Plenty of people will be making their way to and from the voting places in the dark.
Many 9 to 5 commuters will vote early or late, and drivers may find a bit of unexpected congestion near the schools and community halls that serve as polling places. In urban areas, going to the polls is something most people do on foot. Walkers, don't be staring at your voter's guide when you should be watching for traffic. And until somebody starts making those "I voted" stickers glow in the dark, try to wear some light-colored clothing so you can get home safely to see your votes counted.