Election Day has arrived in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, with races that will help determine the balance of power in the U.S. House, decide whether to legalize marijuana in Maryland, and have a potential impact on the wages of workers in the district.
Thousands of people have already voted by mail and early ballot: NBC News estimates early ballots numbered more than 940,000 in Virginia and 760,000 in Maryland on the eve of Election Day.
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Washington, DC Election Day 2022: Major Races and Voting Information
Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can vote at any voting center, regardless of their residential address. Here is a list of voting centers.
Same-day voter registration is available at your polling place, the DC Board of Elections office, or any voter registration agency. Here are more details, including acceptable proof of address.
All registered voters in DC should have received mail-in ballots. You can drop your completed ballot into any ballot box at any time until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Go here for a full list of DC drop box locations
Visit the DC Board of Elections website for more information on voting.
Mayor: Incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser is aiming to win a third term, which would make her the first mayor in the district to win three terms since Marion Barry. Bowser’s opponents are independent Rodney Red Grant, a DC native, and Republican, small-business owner Stacia Hall.
general Council: Eight candidates, including three incumbent council members, are vying for two seats in a race that is guaranteed to shake the council. Incumbent board members include Anita Bonds, the lone Democrat running; At-large member Elissa Silverman and Ward 5 council member Kenyan McDuffie, an independent who changed her party affiliation from Democrat after being deemed ineligible to run for attorney general. The other five candidates are Giuseppe Niosi (Republican), David Schwartzman (DC Statehood Green Party) and independents Fred Hill, Karim Marshall and Graham McLaughlin.
Ward Council 3: Board member Mary Cheh has decided not to stand for re-election after 15 years on the board. Democrat Matt Frumin won a crowded primary in June over Republican David Krucoff and Libertarian Adrian Salsgiver.
President of the council: Phil Mendelson, a Democrat who has been president since 2012, takes on Republican Nate Derenge.
Move 82: Should tipped workers be paid the same minimum wage as all other workers, in addition to their tips? This issue is at the heart of Initiative 82. Currently, DC employees in parking lots, restaurants, and lounges receive a base salary of $5.35. A “yes” vote on Initiative 82 is a vote to gradually increase that wage until it matches the regular minimum wage (currently $15.20 an hour).
Voters approved a similar initiative in 2018, but the DC Council reversed the measure. Here’s what both sides are saying about Initiative 82.
Election Day in Maryland: Top Races and Voting Information
Voters will decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana, and there are some big potential firsts: Wes Moore could be the first African-American governor; his running mate, Aruna Miller, could be the first Asian American person elected statewide, and Anthony Brown could become the state’s first black attorney general.
Voters must go to the polling station assigned to them on November 8. All polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone queuing at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Go here to find your polling station.
You can register to vote on Election Day. Go to your assigned polling station and bring a document proving your place of residence, such as a license issued by the MVA, an identity card or a change of address card, or your check from payroll, bank statement, utility bill or other government document with your name and new address. Here is more information.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated ballot box by 8 p.m. on November 8. Go here for a full list of drop box locations.
More information is available on the National Board of Elections website.
Governor: Gov. Larry Hogan was only the state’s second Republican governor in 50 years, and he can no longer run because of term limits. Democrat Wes Moore, an author backed by former President Barack Obama, wants to be elected Maryland’s first African-American governor. Moore says his priorities would be education and the economy. Republican Dan Cox is a state delegate backed by former President Donald Trump who has focused his campaign on crime, affordability and education.
U.S. House District 1: Andy Harris, the only Republican member of the United States House from Maryland, is running against Heather Mizeur, who was in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2007 to 2015. She lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Anthony Brown in 2014. This district includes Maryland’s East Coast and Bel Air.
US House District 6: Representative David Trone is seeking his third term. He is the owner of Total Wine & More and has invested millions of his personal fortune in this offering. He faces Republican challenger Neil Parrott, who has been a state delegate since 2011. He recognizes President Joe Biden’s victory and condemns the January 6 attack. This run is a competitive rematch of 2020, when Trone won by almost 20 points.
Question 4: This question on the Maryland ballot will decide whether recreational possession and use of marijuana should be legal for adults ages 21 and older, effective July 1, 2023. Legal sales and taxation would be within the purview of the legislature.
Montgomery County Council: The board will increase from 9 to 11 members. Four seats at large are up for grabs on Election Day. The Democratic candidates are incumbents Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass, Will Jawando and newcomer Laurie-Anne Sayles; the Republicans are Chris Fiotes, Lenard Lieber and Dwight Patel.
Virginia Election Day: Top Races and Voting Information
Polling stations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone queuing at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Go here to find your polling station.
Bringing acceptable photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) can expedite voting; however, you can also sign a statement confirming your identity. The acceptable voter identification list is available in several languages (Español, 한국인, Tiếng Việt).
Same-day voter registration is available at your polling station. Anyone who registers on the same day will first submit a provisional ballot. Here is more information.
The balance of power in the U.S. House is one of the hottest topics for midterms, and contests for U.S. House seats have been fierce, driven by debates over the education and abortion.
House District 7: This newly drawn district which now encompasses much of Prince William County and stretches across Stafford, Spotsylvania, Culpeper and beyond. Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger is seeking her third term. In 2020, she beat her Republican opponent, Nick Freitas, by just 8,000 votes. Republican Yesli Vega has been on Prince William’s oversight board since 2018. She highlighted her experience in law enforcement during the campaign. If elected, Vega would become the first Hispanic person elected to Congress from Virginia.
House District 10: Democratic Representative Jennifer Wexton is running for her third term against Republican Hung Cao, a Vietnamese refugee and retired Navy veteran. Wexton said his opponent held extremist views because of his comments about those arrested in the January 6 attacks and criticized his views on abortion. Cao said Wexton voted too often with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and approved too much wasteful spending.
House District 2: Democratic Representative Elaine Luria is fighting for her third term against Republican Jennifer Kiggans. Both are Navy veterans. This is a race to watch closely as both candidates are strong and the redistricting has made Virginia’s second district more Republican-friendly.
Loudoun County School Board: There are two open seats, representing Broad Run and Leesburg, and each race has three candidates. Loudoun Democrats and the Loudoun Education Association endorsed Nick Gothard for Broad Run and Erika Ogedegbe for Leesburg. The Republican Loudoun County Committee endorsed Tiffany Polifko at Broad Run and Michael Rivera at Leesburg. The freelancers are Lauren Shernoff, part-time teacher, for Leesburg and Andrew Hoyler, tenured, for Broad Run.