Voters in D.C. head to the polls Tuesday in a special election for the at-large council seat.
"This is a general election -- every voter in the District is eligible to cast a ballot regardless of party affiliation," says Alysoun McLaughlin, with the District’s Board of Elections and Ethics.
Special elections historically have had a sparse turn-out.
And with the so many candidates running, the winner, according to local political consultant Chuck Thies, will be the one who did the best job of identifying his or her base of support.
"The strategy should’ve been identify your base: whether it's regional, demographic, issue-based -- and making sure those voters are locked-in on Tuesday and feel as though you are a change agent, because that's what is important in D.C. right now," says Thies.
The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.