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Election Day In The District

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By Patrick Madden

Election officials in the District are bracing for a huge turnout in today's primary elections.

The city's board of elections and ethics is expecting and preparing for about twice as many people to cast a ballot this year as compared to 2006, when there were approximately 110,000 votes.

With early voting and same day registration, D.C. has made it a lot easier to vote. Plus, this year's mayoral race is highly competitive, with two well-funded candidates scrambling for every last vote.

The polls close at 8 p.m. Unofficial vote totals will not be known until several hours later. But absentee ballots, as well as provisional ballots, which include same-day registrants, will be counted ten days after the primary.

Nearly 5,000 absentee ballots have been mailed out, and some 2,000 provisional ballots have been cast, with more to come. That means if tonight's election results are close, it could take more than week before a winner is announced.

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