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Posted at 8:21 AM ET, 08/30/2010

Early voting begins today in D.C.

By Washington Post editors

Holding his own campaign over his head, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was surrounded Monday morning by volunteers and workers, chanting, "Four more years!" outside the DC board of elections and ethics on the first day of early voting in the Sept. 14 primary.

Supporters for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray rebutted with the sing-song: "...hey, hey, hey, goodbye."

But the Gray campaign was outnumbered as Fenty's supporters grew louder. "Gray all the way," a woman shouted.

Fenty's Ward 4 campaign coordinator Josh Lopez spoke into a megaphone: "Old and washed out. Linda Cropp in 2006. Vincent Gray today."

He talked about the recent award of Race to the Top funds.

D.C. election officials reported that at 7:50 a.m., about 25 people were already lined up Monday morning to cast their ballots in D.C. -- the first time residents have been allowed to vote early in primary elections. Voting was slated to begin at 8:30 a.m.

With a new Washington Post poll showing Fenty lagging behind challenger Gray, these early voters are already having an impact on each candidate's campaign strategy.

Today through Friday, voters can cast their ballots at one site -- One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, N.W. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 4, four additional early voting locations will open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are:

  • Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
  • Hine Junior High School, 335 8th Street, SE
  • Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Early voting centers will not be open on Sunday, Sept. 5 or Sunday, Sept. 12. Voting locations will be open on Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day).

Voter can also request absentee ballots by going here. Requests for a mailed absentee ballot are due Tuesday, September 7.

-- Nikita Stewart and Lori Aratani

By Washington Post editors  | August 30, 2010; 8:21 AM ET
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I went to vote early this morning at the Board of Elections. I didn't have to wait too long before they called my number. As I was standing there, in walks Ron Moten with a senior citizen. Ron Moten stood next to me. This guy is just street trash.

I don't trust any of the other voting places. I wanted to go directly down to the Board of Elections to make sure my voted was counted and I used paper to vote. They asked for my D.C. Driver's License and they scanned the code on the back of it. I officially vote for Vincent Gray.

Early D.C. Ward 4 Voter

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 30, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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