Election Year 2012

  • The District of Columbia will hold a general election and a special election on November 6, 2012.

    The following contests will appear on the ballot for the general election:

    • Electors of President and Vice President of the United States
    • Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
    • At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia (two to be elected)
    • Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
    • At-Large Member of the State Board of Education
    • Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8 Members of the State Board of Education
    • United States Senator (Shadow Senator)
    • United States Representative (Shadow Representative)
    • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (296 to be elected)
    • Proposed Charter Amendment V: Expulsion for Gross Misconduct, D.C. Council (ballot text as published in the D.C. Register)
    • Proposed Charter Amendment VI: Disqualification from Office for Felony Conviction, D.C. Council (ballot text as published in the D.C. Register)
    • Proposed Charter Amendment VII: Disqualification from Office for Felony Conviction, Mayor (ballot text as published in the D.C. Register)


    The following contest will appear on the ballot for the special election held on the same day:
    • Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia

  • Eligible voters:
    All registered voters in the District of Columbia are eligible to vote.

  • Where and when to vote:
    You can vote early, by mail or at your assigned polling place on Election Day.

    • Early voting:
      WEEK ONE
      Monday, October 22 - Saturday, October 27
      8:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

      Old Council Chambers
      One Judiciary Square
      441 4th Street, N.W.

      WEEK TWO
      Saturday, October 27 - Saturday, November 3
      8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      (closed Sunday, October 28)

      Old Council Chambers
      One Judiciary Square
      441 4th Street, N.W.

      OR

    • Satellite Locations (one in each Ward)
      The dates and times for the opening and closing of the centers are as follows:
      Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Saturday, November 3, 2012
      (Excluding Sundays) 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    • Columbia Heights Community Center
      1480 Girard Street, NW
    • Takoma Community Center
      300 Van Buren Street, NW
    • Chevy Chase Community Center
      5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
      1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
    • King Greenleaf Recreation Center
      201 N Street, SW
    • Dorothy Height/Benning Library
      3935 Benning Rd. NE
    • Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
      701 Mississippi Avenue, SE


    • By mail:
      Requests for an absentee ballot must be received by October 30. An absentee ballot request form can be submitted here. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Board within 10 days of the election.
    • At the polls:
      You can look up your assigned polling place here.
      Polls open on November 6 from 7:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

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DC Board of Elections
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 727-2525 | TTY: (202) 639-8916 | Tollfree: 1-866-DC-VOTES