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.
How Do I Register To Vote in Washington DC
You may register to vote (or update your registration) in person at the Boardâs Office.
There is no registration deadline when you appear in-person at the Boardâs office.
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday, except for filing deadlines (5:00 pm closing) and District holidays.
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
To register by mail, you will need to complete and mail a paper voter registration application.
In order to be accepted, voter registration applications must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election.
Click here to fill the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
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
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Washington DC
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries
Only registered voters from participating parties may vote.
Click here for additional information
Who Can Vote Absentee in Washington DC
What If My Address Has Changed
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