League of Women Voters

District of Columbia


District of Columbia Absentee Ballot Process

You do not need a reason to vote absentee. There are two ways to cast an absentee ballot. You can vote absentee ballot by mail or cast an in-person absentee ballot at the board of elections office.

You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

District of Columbia Registration Deadline

Applications must be postmarked 30 days before the election. You can register at the polls on Election Day if you bring one of the following items:

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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.


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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