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Voting in Washington DC

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Am I Eligible To Vote in Washington DC?

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

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.

Voter Registration Options in Washington DC

You have the following 4 options to register to vote in Washington DC:

In Person

You may register to vote (or update your registration) in person at the Board’s Office. There is no registration deadline when you appear in-person at the Board’s office. Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday, except for filing deadlines (5:00 pm closing) and District holidays.

Check The Locations Where to Register

By Mail

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

State agencies

You can also register to vote at any of the state agencies while accessing their services

Click here to view Agency-Based Voter Registration locations

How Do I Know I'm Registered?

  • Consider yourself registered when- and only when- you receive an acknowledgment from your county clerk.
  • Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received this acknowledgment.
  • Call your county clerk and inquire about the status of your application.
  • Check your voter registration status online by visiting this site

Voting Options in Washington DC

You have the following 3 options to vote in Washington DC:

In Person

make sure you vote at your polling place on Election Day

Click here to locate voting locations

Voting By Absentee Ballot

Any registered voter may vote absentee without providing an excuse.

Click here to download the absentee ballot request Form

Early Voting

Early Voting Centers are now closed for the 2016 General Election

Click here to locate early voting locations

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