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Mapping D.C.’s Party Affiliations, From Republican Georgetown to Democratic Washington Highlands

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Thought D.C.'s Republican stronghold was Capitol Hill? Or that Democrats were most plentiful east of the Anacostia River? Or that Libertarians were concentrated in the Ubertarian havens of wards 1 and 2? Think again.

The D.C. Board of Elections has released its latest report of voter registration in the city, reflecting political party affiliations as of April 30. Here's where the most voters registered to each party live.

Ward 6 claims both the most Democrats and the most Libertarians—perhaps not surprising, since the ward has the most registered voters overall. But looking at the precinct level, the biggest bastion of Democratic power is precinct 125, the Washington Highlands neighborhood, with 4,762 registered Democrats. Two precincts tie for the most Libertarians, with nine each: precinct 83 in NoMa and precinct 17, encompassing part of downtown and the area south of Logan Circle.

The ward with the most registered Republicans is Ward 3; they're strongest in precinct 6, in western Georgetown, where there are 914 of them. Meanwhile, the Statehood Green Party has its best numbers in Ward 1, and specifically precinct 40, the northern half of Mount Pleasant.

Here's the full registration breakdown by ward:

 WARD  DEM  REP  STG  LIB  OTH  N-P  TOTALS
 1 41,768 2,587 697 46 124 10,944  56,166
 2 28,539 5,417 206 54 119 10,424  44,759
 3 35,687 6,663 334 43 94 10,891  53,712
 4 46,293 2,142 495 26 128 8,465  57,549
 5 48,622 1,903 535 28 139 8,034  59,261
 6 49,349 5,974 491 72 150 11,775  67,811
 7 48,433 1,223 430 6 107 6,656  56,855
 8 45,663 1,224 403 9 159 7,008  54,466
 Totals 344,354 27,133 3,591 284 1,020 74,197  450,579
Percentage By Party  76.42%  6.02%  .80%  .06%  .23%  16.47%  100.00%

Background map from the Office of Planning; illustration by Aaron Wiener

  • Peter K

    Any idea why the number of registered voters in Ward 2 is so much lower than all the others? Maybe a disproportionately higher number of young people who for some reason don't register to vote?

  • Jeremy

    Ward 2 is the downtown core, the National Mall, and GW. So it's offices, tourists, and out-of-state students. I'm actually kind of surprised it has even that many voters.

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