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D.C. residents head to the polls; low turnout expected

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Washington, District Of Columbia

District residents will decide the fate of an amendment that would grant D.C. government more control over its budget, and they will also elect a new At-Large Councilmember to replace the vacancy left when Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) was elected to the Chairmanship back in November.

It is widely expected that the budget amendment will pass by a wide margin, but legal experts are torn as to what comes next in the battle to remove layers of Congressional oversight from the District budget process. Many experts are unsure how much the amendment will be able to remove Congressional oversight from the budget process because of possible court challenges and an unclear process for implementing the amendment.

In the race to fill the vacant At-Large Council seat, Republican Patrick Mara and Democrats Anita Bonds, Elissa Silverman, and Matthew Frumin are the front-runners in a race that could see as few as 50,000 votes cast. Polling has been sparse and unreliable, but it has shown that Mara, Silverman, and Bonds are all within striking distance.