Friends of Francis Field

Voting by Mail Crucial in June 16 Council Election

There Is No Polling Place in West End: Mail Ballots Must Be Requested

Posted: June 5, 2020.

Mail voting will be critical in the special election to be held June 16 to temporarily fill the vacant Ward 2 seat on the Council of the District of Colubmia. Once again (as on June 2), there will be no polling place in the West End Neighborhood.

To vote by mail, registered voters must request a ballot from the Board of Elections by Tuesday, June 9 at 4:45 pm.

This is a general election, not a primary. All registered voters may vote, regardless of party affiliation. The winner will serve the unexpired portion of the term from which former member Jack Evans resigned on January 17. That term ends ends on January 2, 2012, about six months from now.

Seven candidates will be on the ballot. Here's the list in ballot order, with the party affiliation as given by the Board of Elections:

  • Kishan Putta, Democrat, Georgetown
  • Jordan Grossman, Democrat, Shaw
  • Patrick Kennedy, Democrat, Foggy Bottom/West End
  • Katherine Venice, Republican, East End/Chinatown
  • Brooke Pinto, Democrat, Logan Circle
  • Yilin (Ellen) Zhang, Democrat,Kalorama
  • John Fanning, Democrat, Logan Circle
  • The ballot does not include home addresses or neighborhoods, but FFF has added the neighborhood where each candidate resides, according to addresses they have furnished.

    Ward 2 includes Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, the West End, Shaw, Logan Circle, Chinatown, Kalorama, and other neighborhoods.

    Our Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood does not have one of the two polling places that will be open in Ward 2 for this election. One is at Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW. The other is at the Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th Street NW, in Georgetown.

    Mail ballots, which are essentially the “absentee ballots” available in previous elections, must be requested from the Board of Elections by June 9 at 4:45 pm. Thus, voting takes some planning. See links below

    As a non-partisan organization, FFF makes no election endorsements. However, we encourage all Foggy Bottom/West End residents to become familiar with this race, and to vote by mail. Instructions can be found on the Board of Election website. Links are below.


    D.C Board of Elections. This connects to the official instructions and a link for requesting a mail-in ballot:

    D.C. Voter Guide. This is a PDF issued by the D.C. Board of Elections and has sample ballots:

    About the Council. A page from the website of the Council of the District of Columbia that explains its structure, powers, and services. This also has a link to the Council Handbook, which is also quite informative: .

    Ward 2 Boundary Map. A large map in PDF format from the D.C. Office of Planning:

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