Washington plans to open five voting “supercenters” across the city to safely process large numbers of voters in the upcoming election. But none will be in Wards 7 and 8, which saw some of the worst lines during the June primary and where many people have expressed concerns about mailed ballots because of persistent postal delays.

Elections officials are touting large-scale voting centers at Capital One Arena, Nationals Park, the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Dock 5 at Union Market and the University of the District of Columbia as indicators of how they are preparing for record turnout and coronavirus social distancing restrictions in November.

They said they tried but were unable to find a suitable location east of the Anacostia River, which has few large venues and includes most of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods.

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