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Turnout appears light in DC special election

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District of Columbia elections officials say turnout appears light in a special election to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Council.

The D.C. Board of Elections was estimating 14 percent turnout for Tuesday's election. Board spokeswoman Agnes Moss says turnout was light in the morning hours but that it might pick up in the evening.

In addition to the council vacancy, voters are deciding a charter amendment that would grant the city the freedom to spend local tax dollars without congressional approval.

Four Democrats, one Republican and one third-party candidate are vying for the council seat. Voter Gary Hyde, a 58-year-old Democrat, says he chose Republican Patrick Mara because the council needs a fresh perspective. Democrats outnumber Republicans 11-to-1 in the district, and there are no GOP councilmembers.

By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press

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