Voter Registration


Can I vote in the District of Columbia?

To register and vote in the District of Columbia, you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 17 years old, and turn 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election
  • not be incarcerated for a crime that is a felony in the District
  • have maintained a residence in the District for at least 30 days before the date of the election and not claim the right to vote in any other state or territory
  • not be adjudged legally incompetent to vote

Additionally, a person who otherwise meets these qualifications may pre-register on or after his or her 16th birthday; however, he or she may not vote until all the requirements listed above are met.

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Once I register, do I have to register again for the next election?

As long as you vote at least once every four years, do not move, or change your name or party affiliation, you do not have to re-register. It is still suggested that you check the status of your registration rather than assume.

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Where can I register? When are the registration deadlines?
    A. Voter Registration Agencies

    While filling out an application for service or assistance (or recertification, renewal or change of address related to service or assistance), you may register to vote at any of the following District agencies:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
    • Office of Aging
    • Department of Parks and Recreation
    • Department of Human Services

    A voter registration application completed at a voter registration agency must be filed with that agency prior to 30 days before an election.

    B. Registration By Mail or "Online"

    To register by mail, you will need to complete and mail a paper voter registration application

    You may also choose to complete the online voter registration application available here: http://www.dcboee.org/voterreg/ovr_step1.asp Once you have completed the application, print and sign it, and return it to the Board by mail.

    In order to be accepted, voter registration applications must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election. Completed voter registration applications should be mailed to:

    D.C. Board of Elections
    One Judiciary Square
    441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 250 North
    Washington, DC 20001

    C. In Person at the D.C. Board of Elections

    You may register to vote (or update your registration) in person at the Boardís Office at the address listed above. There is no registration deadline when you appear in-person at the Boardís office, except that if you would like to cast a regular ballot in an election, you must register before the early voting period begins for that election (approximately 15 days before an election).

    EXCEPTION: After the 30th day before a primary election, you may not change your party affiliation. Requests for change of party affiliation received during the thirty days before a primary election will be processed after the primary election.

    Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday, except for filing deadlines (5:00 pm closing) and District holidays. For detailed directions, click here. http://www.dcboee.org/abt/ru.shtm

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Can I register and vote on Election Day?

Yes. If otherwise qualified, you may register at your precinctís polling place on Election Day and cast a special ballot that same day. You may also register and vote a special ballot at any early voting center (the Boardís Office or satellite locations).

Whether you register at your precinctís polling place on Election Day, or at an early voting center, you will need to complete a voter registration application, swear or affirm that you are a qualified elector, and provide valid proof of residence.

Valid proof of residence is either a copy of a current and valid government photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

NOTE: If you are previously registered, you may not change your party affiliation either on Election Day or at an early voting center.

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How can I update or make corrections to my voter registration?

To make a registration update by mail, simply fill out a voter registration application with all of the required registration information. In order to be accepted, voter registration updates sent by mail must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election.

If you registered online, you may review and edit your registration form prior to the 30-day registration-by-mail deadline. Once you have completed the form, print and sign it, and return it to the Board by mail.

You may also update your registration in person at the Boardís Office. There is no deadline when you appear in-person at the Boardís office, except that if you would like to cast a regular ballot in an election, you must file your update before the early voting period begins for that election (approximately 15 days before an election).

    EXCEPTION: After the 30th day before a primary election, you may not change your party affiliation. Requests for change of party affiliation received during the thirty days before a primary election will be processed after the primary election.
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How can I check to see if I am registered?

Check to see if you are registered, online, here.

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Why canít I find my voter registration status online?

If you are unable to find your registration status and you registered prior to 1984, enter "December 31, 1800" as your date of birth.

If you still cannot find your status or you registered after 1984, contact the D.C. Board of Election at (202) 727-2525 to ensure that there are no problems with your registration status.

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How do I request an absentee ballot?

You can request an absentee ballot by completing the form located here. Once you have completed the form, print and sign it, and return it to the Board by mail or fax. All mailed or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received no later than 7 days before an election.

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in-person at the Boardís Office, starting approximately 15 days before an election until the day before an election.

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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
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