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Registration Deadline:  Your emailed application must be received by the 30th day, and your mailed application must be postmarked by the 30th day prior to an election for you to be eligible to cast a ballot; after that date, you can only register to vote in person. There is no registration deadline in person, you may register and cast a special ballot on Election Day.

Party Affiliation: To vote in a primary election in the District of Columbia, you must be registered to vote with the Democratic, Republican, D.C. Statehood Green, or Libertarian parties.


Age: Be at least 16 years old (District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election.)

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Be a resident of the District of Columbia
and not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia

Mental Competency: Must not be adjudged legally incompetent to vote

Felony Convictions: Not be in jail on a felony conviction

ID Requirements: Registered voters do not have to show ID to vote. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide identification when registering, you may need to show identification in order to cast a regular ballot. Voters registering during the early voting period or at the polls on Election Day will need to provide proof of residence in order to register and vote. The following are examples of acceptable forms of identification and proof of residency (must include the name and address of the voter):

   -A copy of a current and valid photo identification;
   -A copy of a current utility bill (not including cell phone bills);
   -A bank statement;
   -A government check;
   -A paycheck;
   -Another government document that shows
your name and address


District of Columbia voter registration online application

By mail/ in writing: 
Mail-in voter registration application download

By fax: Contact the 
board of elections and ethics for faxing options.


Registration status verification

Phone: If no voter registration card is received within three weeks of mailing this application, call (202) 727-2525 or contact 
District of Columbia Board of Elections.


Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may vote absentee without providing an excuse.


Online absentee ballot application form or print a form.

By mail: 
Print a form and mail the completed form to the board of elections and ethics office.

Military and overseas voting: Qualified overseas or military voters can receive their absentee ballot by electronic delivery by 
clicking here. 

Emergency voting: You can register the day of the election in person. 
Absentee emergency registration options available for certain voters.

Other absentee ballot information: 
click here.


Location and time: Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Tuesday before Election Day. Voted absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received within 10 days of Election Day in order to be counted. 


Early voting qualifications: Early voting is offered in DC, without additional registration or qualifications. Check with the DC Board of Elections and Ethics for 
locations and times for early voting

Other information for early voting: Early voting begins approximately 15 days before an election. It takes place at the board office or satellite locations.


Verifying Registration: 
Voter registration status verification

Deciding how to vote:

Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer.
District of Columbia law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place: 
District of Columbia polling place locator

ID Requirements: Registered voters do not need to present proof of residence to vote, however, some polling places require ID to enter the facility. It is therefore encouraged that you take some form of identification with you to vote. 

How to Vote: 
Voting machines in the District of Columbia

Getting your vote counted: 
District of Columbia Voters' Bill of Rights

Problems with voting: 
District of Columbia HAVA plan. Contact the board with specific complaints and problems with voting.

Verifying provisional ballot status: 
Same day registration provisional ballot status

Verifying absentee ballot status: 
Verifying Absentee Ballot Status




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