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Washington DC Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Washington DC

If you are registering to vote for this first time and submit the application by mail, you may be required to submit a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address with this application or present it the first time you vote in a federal election. 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.

To register to vote in the District of Columbia , an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a legal Resident of the District of Columbia,
  • Be at least 16 years old 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.
  • Not in jail on a felony conviction
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • Do not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia

When is the deadline to register to vote?

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.

Do I need to choose a party when I register?

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

Learn more about Who Can Register To Vote in Washington DC

How Do I Register To Vote in Washington DC


District of Columbia enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal. In order to be accepted, voter registration applications must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election

Click here to Register Online

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Washington DC

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries

Only registered voters from participating parties may vote.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Washington DC

What If My Address Has Changed

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

The polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except in instances when the time established for closing the polls is extended pursuant to a federal or District court order or any other order.
The Board may, upon request of the precinct captain or upon its own initiative, if an emergency exists by reason of mechanical failure of a voting machine, an unanticipated shortage of ballots, excessive wait times, bomb threats, or similar unforeseen event warrants it, extend the polling hours for that precinct until the emergency situation has been resolved

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?


If otherwise qualified, you may register at your precinct’s polling place on Election Day and cast a regular ballot that same day. You may also register and vote a regular ballot at any early voting center (the Board’s Office or satellite locations).

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

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