Official thread for the primary elections occurring on June 19, 2018. Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
You can register same day with proof of residency.
Local News Coverage:
If there's anything else people believe may be helpful to others, please comment with it and I'll add it to the OP. I'll be saving this as a template for use during future citywide elections.
Post your shutdown-related questions, events, yadda yadda, here.
Reminder: Per sub-rules, memes are allowed during shutdowns and OPM closers, so now may be the time to start brainstorming.
Among other things, some of the biggest changes that came out of that discussion was a fleshing out and clarification of sub rules, the addition of Rule 5 / the civility rule, expanding the once Tuesday-only tourist question thread into a general question thread that was posted weekly and now monthly, and in general just a better understanding of what users are looking for in the community.
We'd like to get feedback on how the past few months have been, including what the mod team views as a success (inauguration threads), missteps (the short-lived prohibition on protest threads), and suggestions for where we want to move forward.
I would also like to clarify that although this is not a politics subreddit, many actions of the federal government uniquely affect the region, and in general just because a thread is political in nature does not mean it does not belong here. These are also the types of threads where civility is more necessary. Shouting down other viewpoints is extremely unproductive, as is replying with whatever the latest political-related meme is without any other substance to the discussion.
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Welcome to the r/washingtondc official 2017 inauguration megathread! Please note that this thread is only for people to coordinate and ask questions about the inauguration of Donald Trump. There will be a separate thread made for the marches around the city. This is not a thread for political grandstanding, taunting, trolling, or creating a ruckus. Posters that decide to do so will be banned until after the inauguration, at a minimum. Please refer to the protest/march thread for discussion related to that.
Per the National Weather Service:
Periods of rain, mainly after 9am. High near 47. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Compact umbrellas are allowed [source]
Where/when is the inauguration taking place?
The official proceedings of Inauguration Day commence at noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with the vice president-elect and president-elect taking the Oaths of Office, followed by the inaugural address. Security screening gates will open at 6 a.m., followed by music at 9:30 a.m. and opening remarks at 11:30 a.m.
I have a ticket.
Please refer to the information in your ticket packet. For reference, here is the map that is included in the packet.
What if I don’t have a ticket?
There will be open standing room along the National Mall during the speaking portion of the day. You can also position yourself along Pennsylvania Avenue NW to watch the presidential procession and inaugural parade as it makes its way from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
There will be giant video screens set up in several places on the Mall with loudspeakers, and many people believe being on the Mall is the best experience. No lines at security checkpoints, you can see and hear more on the video screens than you could from any one spot at a ticketed event. On the Mall, you could also move around, mingle with people, and bring more stuff with you.
Can I sell/trade/buy/give away tickets to the inauguration?
In general: yes, but do not solicit or attempt to sell them here. Please post those threads in r/DCDump.
How bad will traffic be Thursday-Sunday?
Bad. Very bad. No other weekend attracts more people than the inauguration weekend, coupled with road closures surrounding the Mall area. If you are driving to the events or have any other business in the city, it is highly recommended you park at a suburban Metro station and take the Metro in from there. Please refer to WMATA's parking page for more information.
Which airport is closest to DC?
Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to downtown D.C. and is most centrally located, but it doesn’t always have the lowest fares. Dulles International (IAD) is about 40 minutes from downtown and handles mostly long distance flights. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is also about 40 minutes from downtown and often has the lowest fares. All airports are served by transit (bus and Metro) and taxi/car share.
Which Metro stations will be closed?
Smithsonian (OL, SL, BL), Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (GR, YL), Pentagon (BL, YL), Federal Triangle (OL, SL, BL) and Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center (GR, YL) will all be closed.
What should I bring/wear?
Please check the weather before heading out the morning of. Layers are vital - standing amongst the crowds will be noticeably warmer than mingling on the sidewalk. Please bring water, a snack, a phone charger, and be ready to walk miles if needed. Otherwise, please refer to the official inauguration site's FAQ for a list of restricted items.
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