D.C. Board of Elections shipped mail-in ballots to Ward 2 voters for special election

Updated: June 18, 2020 at 12:12 p.m.

Every registered voter in Ward 2 received a mail-in ballot for Tuesday’s special election, according to the D.C. Board of Elections.

The board sent mail-in ballots to all registered Ward 2 voters, and all ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday to vote, according to a tweet Sunday from its account. The winner of the special election will serve on the unoccupied Ward 2 D.C. Council seat for the rest of the current term, which ends in January.

Former Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans stepped down from the post earlier this year following an ongoing ethics scandal.

In previous elections, voters only received a ballot if they applied for one in the mail. The board instead shipped ballots to all registered voters in Tuesday’s election after D.C.’s June 2 primary election, when city officials struggled to deliver all absentee ballots in time and in-person voting centers flooded with residents despite the threat of COVID-19.

In-person voting centers for the special election opened at 8:30 a.m. Sunday night and closed at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night, but the Board of Elections urged District residents to vote by mail to limit crowding at in-person voting centers during the ongoing pandemic.

Brooke Pinto, the city’s former assistant attorney general for policy and legislative affairs who clinched the Democratic nomination for the Ward 2 Council seat in the June 2 primary election, was listed on the ballot alongside Republican Katherine Venice and the other Democratic primary candidates who campaigned leading up to the June election. Although her name appeared on the ballot, Venice said she withdrew from the special election.

Many expect Pinto to win Tuesday’s special election after Patrick Kennedy – the chair of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission – and Jordan Grossman – a former staffer for President Barack Obama – conceded the race closely behind Pinto in the primary campaign.

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