WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — It’s the last day for District of Columbia residents to get their requests in for absentee ballots for this month’s special election for a D.C. Council seat.

Wednesday is the last day the District of Columbia Board of Elections will receive signed absentee ballot applications by mail or by electronic submission.

A special election for the D.C. Council seat vacated by Phil Mendelson when he was elected council chairman is being held April 23. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by that day and received by the Board of Elections on or before May 3.

Interim Councilmember Anita Bonds is trying to hold onto the seat. She faces five challengers, including Republican Patrick Mara, who has raised the most money among the six candidates. Democrats Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg, and Perry Redd of the D.C. Statehood Green Party also are running.

Former Councilmember Michael A. Brown has dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot.

The special election will also include a vote on a budget autonomy measure.

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