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(Washington Post) — Thousands of District voters have already cast early ballots in this year’s primaries, as two well-financed mayoral campaigns have begun scouring the city for votes.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and his chief rival, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), crisscrossed the District on Saturday, attending community events and visiting the city’s four satellite early-voting sites.

Polls have been open at the downtown headquarters of the Board of Elections and Ethics since Monday; more than 3,400 votes were cast there through Friday. But Saturday represented the first time that District voters could cast early ballots in their neighborhoods — at Chevy Chase Community Center in Ward 3, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Ward 5, Hine Junior High School in Ward 6, and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Ward 8.

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