District Of Columbia Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 7 days before the election. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted.
You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.
You may request a mail absentee ballot in writing up to seven days prior to an election.
Your absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day. The return envelope must be signed in order for your vote to be counted.
You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in DC at least once. If you're voting for the first time in DC and you did not provide any ID at the time of registration, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot applications. You may provide either:
A copy of a current driver's license or other photo ID that shows your name and address
A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person or on Election Day, at a Vote Center: Voters can dispose of the ballot for the 2020 General Election that they received in the mail. They will be provided a ballot at the Vote Center. Voters may be required to complete a Special Ballot if the pollbook shows they have received an Absentee Ballot for this election or have returned a ballot to BOE. If you have not already voted, your Special Ballot will be counted.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
Find your mail-in-ballot drop box locations here.
Early voting information can be found at the DC Board of Elections website.
You may register to vote during early voting (and on Election Day), you must just show proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:
- Copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification
- Utility bill for water, gas, electricity, cable, internet, telephone, or cellular phone service issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- Savings, checking, credit, or money market account statement from a bank or credit union issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- Paycheck, stub, or earning statement that includes the employer’s name, address, and telephone number and was issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- Government-issued document or check from a federal or District agency, other than the Board of Elections, issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- Current residential lease or rental agreement
- Occupancy statement from a District homeless shelter issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- Tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or university issued for the current academic or housing term
To be eligible to vote 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.
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
ID Needed for Voting?
Identification is required only of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Official election results will be uploaded on the D.C. Board of Elections website as they become available.
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.
Poll Worker Information
To serve as an Election Day Worker, you must:
- Be a resident of DC
- Be at least 16 years old
- Complete at least four hours of training before each election
If you are selected and assigned to a polling place, hours of work are:
- Early Voting: One of two six-hour shirts (8am-2pm OR 1:30pm-7:30pm) on days assigned
- Monday before Election Day (Polling Place Setup): two to three hours
- Election Day: 6am-9pm. Election day is a long day's work so be sure to bring any necessary items (prescriptions, food, water, etc.) to last throughout the day.
Workers receive a one-time payment, which includes training.
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polling Place Hours
The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Polling Place Locator
You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.
You may vote a provisional ballot if you meet specific conditions. Provisional ballots are counted 10 days after the election.
You will be required to cast a provisional ballot if:
- You are voting outside your assigned precinct
- You register to vote at the polling place on Election Day but you did not provide acceptable proof of residence
- You change your address at the polling place on Election Day but you did not provide acceptable proof of residence
- You are marked as an early voter in the pollbook
- You are marked as an absentee voter in the pollbook
- You are marked as ID required in the pollbook. This is for voters who did not provide ID when registering to vote.
- You are marked as Administrative Challenge in the pollbook. This happens when the Board of Elections mails something to your address on record and that mailing is returned to the Board within 30 days of the election.
- You claim a different party affiliation status (Primary Elections only)
- Your right to vote was challenged by another voter or poll watcher and approved by the Precinct Captain
- Voting hours were extended by a court or the Board
If you need to provide identification or other information to have your ballot counted, you have two days to provide it to the Board. Information about how to find out if your vote will be counted and how to appeal the Board's decision is provided to all provisional ballot voters at the polls.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
To vote curbside, a poll worker must be told that you need curbside assistance. When a poll worker is notified that you wish to vote curbside, one of the election officials will bring a ballot to you and provide assistance as needed. It is suggested that you call ahead to let the election officials at the polling site know that you wish to vote curbside. Call 202-727-2525 to obtain the polling place telephone number where you will be voting. Persons with a TDD or TTY device may call 202-639-8916.
You may also request to transfer your ballot to another polling location if you believe your assigned polling place is not accessible for your disability. You must contact the SCBOE office at least 7 days before the election to make this transfer.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
If you would like to register to vote before Election Day, you can do so through mail or online. Mailed applications must be received 21 days before the election. To register to vote online, just fill out the form and submit before the deadline - 22 days before an election.
You can register to vote during early voting and on Election Day, you just need to provide proof of residence that shows your name and current District of Columbia address. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:
- A copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification
- A utility bill for water, gas, electricity, cable, internet, telephone, or cellular phone service issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- A savings, checking, credit, or money market account statement from a bank or credit union issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- A paycheck, stub, or earning statement that includes the employer’s name, address, and telephone number and was issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- A government-issued document or check from a federal or District agency, other than the Board of Elections, issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- A current residential lease or rental agreement
- An occupancy statement from a District homeless shelter issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
- A tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or university issued for the current academic or housing term
As of July, 2020, incarcerated individuals, people under court supervision and/or residing at a halfway house are able to register and vote! If you are a resident at a DC jail you can use your DC home address or the address of the DC jail on the registration form if you have been at the DC jail for at least 30 days. If you are in a federal facility you can use your DC home address on the form. You can find additional information about incarcerated voting at the DC Board of Elections Website.
Time Off To Vote
Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting systems used in D.C. are optical scan and DRE.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. Some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.
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