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District of Columbia

Abbreviation: 
DC

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You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

District of Columbia ID Needed for Voter Registration

Identification is not required during registration but must be provided the first time you go to the polls.

If you are registering to vote in the District for the first time on election day, you must show proof of residence by providing one of the following types of documents:

  • Current and valid District of Columbia DMV-issued ID
  • Government check or paycheck
  • Bank statement
  • Current utility bill or lease
  • Other government document showing your name and current District address

District of Columbia Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in the District of Columbia you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A D.C. resident
  • At least 18 years old on or before the election (16 year olds may preregister, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 years old with a birthdate that is before the next General election)
  • Not in jail for a felony conviction
  • Not been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • Not claiming the right to vote anywhere outside D.C.

District of Columbia Voting Machines

The voting systems used in D.C. are optical scan and DRE.

District of Columbia Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

District of Columbia Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of avaiable races, check out the race index.

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The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

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For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

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