There was a line around the building at School Without Walls at Francis Stevens when early voting opened last Tuesday. By 6 p.m. election night, however, those lines had slowed to a trickle.
Polling place manager Egypt Jones said early and absentee voting but into Election Day crowds. Jones said almost 3,000 people have cast their ballot at the polling location in the last week.
Some Ward 2 residents, however, like Sara Aguiniga, were still casting their vote even as polls neared close. Aguiniga said she had intended to vote absentee, but her ballot never arrived.
“Thankfully the voting process was seamless,” Aguiniga said.
D.C. doesn’t require photo ID to vote, meaning Aguiniga just had to give her first and last name and address. Jones said that’s what has made the process so smooth, even for last minute voters like Aguiniga.
“It hasn’t taken anyone more than five minutes,” Jones said.
Regarding the national races, Aguiniga said she voted for Joe Biden for president. Locally, she voted to reelect D.C. Councilmember Brooke Pinto for the Ward 2 council seat. Aguiniga said she was excited to see Pinto at the polling place doing some last-minute campaigning.
“I like that she is a younger woman,” Aguiniga said. “I appreciate her concern for the city.”