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D.C. Voters Head To Polls Today For Special Election

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Polls are open for voters between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
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Polls are open for voters between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

D.C. voters head for to polls today for a special election. There's an at-large council seat up for grabs as well as a referendum that could grant the District greater autonomy.

There are six candidates running to fill the open council seat: Republican Pat Mara, Statehood Green's Perry Redd and four Democrats: Anita Bonds, Elissa Silverman, Paul Zuckerberg and Matthew Frumin.

Special elections, especially ones that occur in off-year elections, tend to draw fewer voters, and that trend has continued today as poll places have experienced light turnout.

Consequently, it could be a very close election to fill Phil Mendelson's at-large seat on the council. Mendelson became council chairman after Kwame Brown resigned last year.

The other issue on the ballot: a referendum to give D.C. more say over how it spends its local tax dollars. If passed by voters, the amendment would take effect unless Congress passes a disapproval resolution and President Barack Obama signs it.

There is still some concern about whether maneuver will actually help D.C. spend its tax dollars without congressional approval.

The polls close at 8 p.m.

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