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D.C. voters will choose a new mayor, a separately elected attorney general and decide whether to legalize small amounts of marijuana.
WASHINGTON — D.C. voters will choose a new mayor, at least one new at-large council member and, for the first time, an elected attorney general.
In addition to a number of other offices on the ballot, there is also a ballot question asking whether D.C. should legalize marijuana.
How to Vote
On Election Day, D.C. polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Early voting began Oct. 20 at One Judiciary Square. Nine early voting centers across the city are open from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1. Any voter is allowed to vote early in D.C.
Absentee ballots must be requested by Oct. 28, postmarked by Nov. 4 and received by Nov. 14.
D.C. residents who need to register to vote or update their information can do so at an early voting center or at the polls on Election Day.
For more voter information including sample ballots and early voting locations click here.
Mayor’s Race Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser ousted Mayor Vince Gray in the Democratic primary earlier this year, but unlike most previous elections in the District, that has not led to a clear path to the Wilson Building.
Bowser is squaring off with fellow Councilman David Catania and former Councilwoman Carol Schwartz. Catania and Schwartz are both former Republicans who are running as independents. Other candidates on the ballot include Libertarian Bruce Majors, Statehood Green party candidate Faith Dane and independent Nestor Djonkam.
Recent polls suggest Bowser may have a lead in the race, but not the support of the majority of District voters.
Marijuana D.C. voters have the opportunity to vote on legalizing marijuana under local law.
Initiative 71 would make it legal for anyone 21 or older to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use.
Anyone 21 or older would also be allowed to grow up to six pot plants at home, give up to 1 ounce of marijuana (for free) to another person over the age of 21, and own or sell drug paraphernalia used to smoke or grow marijuana.
A “For” vote means a voter supports legalizing marijuana under D.C. law.
Even if the initiative were to be approved, marijuana would remain illegal under federal law, and it is not clear when the measure would take effect.
D.C. Council has already decriminalized the possession of individual amounts of marijuana. Instead of facing criminal possession charges, those caught with the drug now must pay a $25 civil fine.
Even if voters approve Initiative 71, Congress could block the measure. Congress reviews all news laws in the District and such oversight already has threatened the District’s decriminalization law.
D.C. voters will also choose a D.C Council chair and council members for wards 1, 3, 5 and 6.
Other Races Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton is running for re-election as D.C. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. She’s facing Statehood Green Natale Lino Stracuzzi, Republican Nelson Rimensnyder and independent Timothy Krepp.
District voters will also elect a shadow senator and representative, members of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and members of the State Board of Education from wards 1, 3, 5 and 6.
WTOP’s Max Smith contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and on Facebook.