YOUR VOTE: Washington, D.C.
Get ready to cast your ballot this fall.
It's election season! Are you ready? With just a few clicks, we'll walk through voter registration, key election dates, and all the documents you'll need. Best of all, you can share this info with your friends and neighbors. Make sure that your vote counts!
I. WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL ANY FURTHER, REGISTER TO VOTE
Need to register? Or maybe you just want election reminders? Thanks to TurboVote, we've got you covered. Just click below:
II. KNOW THE DATES
- November 3, 2020.
General Registration Deadline:
- Post received by October 13, 2020;
- In-person by October 14, 2020; and
- Election Day registration and voting on November 3, 2020 by 8:00 p.m.
Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot:
- D.C. will mail ballots to all registered voters beginning the first week of October — if you're at the address at which you're registered, there's no need to take any action.
- If you need your ballot mailed to an address other than the one at which you're registered, you'll need to request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application by October 27, 2020.
All D.C. voters will receive mail-in ballots this fall. Only those who need ballots mailed to alternate addresses will need to submit absentee ballot request forms by October 27, 2020.
III. REGISTER TO VOTE
- Not sure you're registered? This handy widget will tell you whether you're on the voter rolls.
- Here are the requirements to register as a voter in D.C..
Need To Register?
- Yes, it's so important we're including it twice. Here's that link again:
IV. WHERE TO VOTE
- School, firehouse or community center, this simple form will tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
- Click here to find contact information for the District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE).
Do I need to wear a mask to the polls?
- Most likely yes, as mask are required in D.C. However, if voting in person at an Election Day Vote Center, contact your Vote Center or the D.C. Board of Elections by phone at (202) 727-2525 to confirm.
V. COVID-19 MAIL-IN VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
All registered D.C. voters will receive mail-in ballots this fall:
- If your current address is also the one at which you're registered, you don't need to do anything to receive your mail-in ballot at your home address.
- However, if your current address isn't the one at which you're registered to vote, you'll need to submit an absentee ballot request form by October 27.
- Here's information about Vote Safe DC, the DC Board of Elections' plan to keep voters safe via a combination of mail-in ballots and 16 Vote Centers this fall.
Out of town or serving abroad?
VI. WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS
Voter ID Laws:
- D.C. does not require proof of residence to vote, but some polling places require an ID to enter the facility.
- Here is the list of accepted credentials.
- Contact your Vote Center for an acceptable list of options.
Don't have a valid ID?
- Once you have registered to vote, no further voter ID is required to vote in the District of Columbia except for some first time voters.
VII. HAVING TROUBLE? GET IN TOUCH
The D.C. Official Election Center:
- Call 1-866-DC-VOTES or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voter ID Helpline:
- Call 844-338-8743
Any other questions?
See you at the ballots (or mailboxes), Washingtonians!
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