DC has closed primary elections. This means that only voters who are registered may vote for a candidate within the same party. In overwhelmingly Democratic DC, the candidate that wins the Democratic primary (Jun 19, 2018) most likely win in the general election (Nov 6, 2018). Keep reading to learn about early voting dates, ballot initiatives, and candidates.
PRIMARY ELECTION DATES
June 4-7, 2018, 8:30am-7:00pm
Early Voting Begins at Judiciary Square ONLY
One Judiciary Square (441 4th St NW)
June 8-15, 2018, 8:30am-7:00pm
Early Voting Begins at Satellite Centers (including Judiciary Square)
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7am-6pm
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Voter Registration for the June 19, 2018 Primary Election:
To be eligible to vote in the District of Columbia you must be at least 18 years old on or before the election (16 year olds may preregister, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 years old with a birthdate that is before November 6, 2018).
Eligible voters NOT registered in the District of Columbia can register and declare their party affiliation during Early Voting or on Election Day. All eligible voters may cast ballots in support of or against Initiative Measure Number 77, regardless of party affiliation status.
Initiative Measure Number 77
District of Columbia Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2017:
Note: A majority of candidates are voting “No” on this measure.
Learn more at Vote “No” 77.
NOW: Under existing D.C. law, tipped employees are paid $2.77 an hour. If the tips they receive on top of that does not bring their wage to the minimum wage ($11.50), the employer has to pay them additional wages which brings their hourly pay up to the minimum wage.
PROPOSED: If enacted, this initiative will gradually increase the minimum wage in the District of Columbia to $15 hourly by 2020; gradually increase the minimum wage for tipped employees so that they receive the same minimum wage directly from their employer as other employees by 2026; Beginning in 2021, require minimum wage to increase yearly in proportion to increases in the consumer price index. The minimum wage increases under the initiative will not apply to DC government employees or employees of DC government contractors.
Note: The “directly from their employer” is the part you are voting on. As it is, tipped employees already receive at least the minimum wage through a combination of the tipped wage + tips + employer’s making up the difference.
You can only vote for a candidate within your declared party! The best way to learn about a candidate is to meet them in person and questions. We recommend attending a candidate forum so you can learn where they stand on issues that are important to you.
To find out about upcoming forums, check the main page for civic engagement events.
[D] = Democrat
[R] = Republican
[G] = Green
[L] = Libertarian
Note: We have contacted ALL candidates for a quote. The ones below have replied. If you are a candidate and would like to provide a quote, please email [email protected].
CHAIRMAN OF THE DC COUNCIL
AT-LARGE MEMBER OF THE DC COUNCIL
WARD 1 MEMBER OF THE DC COUNCIL
Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Howard University, Kalorama, LeDroit Park, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Pleasant Plains, Shaw, U Street Corridor
WARD 3 MEMBER OF THE DC COUNCIL
American University Park, Berkley, Cathedral Heights, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Colony Hill, Forest Hills, Foxhall, Friendship Heights, Glover Park, Kent, Massachusetts Heights, McLean Gardens, North, Cleveland Park, Observatory Circle, The Palisades, Potomac Heights, Spring Valley, Tenleytown, Wakefield, Wesley Heights, Woodland Normanstone, Woodley Park
WARD 5 MEMBER OF THE DC COUNCIL
Arboretum, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Brookland, Carver Langston, Eckington, Edgewood, Fort Lincoln, Fort Totten, Gateway, Ivy City, Langdon, Michigan Park, North Michigan Park, Pleasant Hill, Riggs Park, Stronghold, Trinidad, Truxton Circle, Woodridge
Joyce Robinson-Paul [G]
WARD 6 MEMBER OF THE DC COUNCIL
Barney Circle, Capitol Hill, Judiciary Square, Kingman Park, Mount Vernon Triangle, Navy Yard, Near Northeast, NoMa, Shaw, Southwest Waterfront, Sursum Corda, Swampoodle