District of Columbia Election Information

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Registration Information

The deadline to register vote in District of Columbia is: Postmarked 30 days before the election. You may also register in person on Election Day.

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

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Live in the District of Columbia
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not be in jail on a felony conviction
  • Not have been judged "mentally incompetent"in a court of law

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To check the status of your voter registration, click here.

When can I vote in District of Columbia?

Early Voting Information

In-person early voting available? Yes
By mail early voting available? Yes


You can vote early in person or by mail.

Early voting in person is available beginning the Monday 15 days before the election, and ending the Saturday before the election.  To find out where and when to go, click here.

You may submit a request for an absentee ballot to vote by mail here. The request must be received by the Tuesday before the election, and the completed ballot must be postmarked by Election Day or received by the Board within 10 days of the election.

Voting Hours on Election Day

The polls are open from:

7:00am to 8:00pm

Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.

Where do I vote?

For more information, contact your state election office.

What do you need to bring?

Registered voters do not need to present proof of residence to vote; however some polling places require ID to enter the facility. So it is encouraged that you take some form of identification with you to vote.

If you are a first time voter and registered to vote by mail, you will be asked to present proof of residence when you vote.  Similarly, if you register to vote on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence.

Acceptable forms of proof of residence include the following (they have to include your current and complete name and current address):

  • Copy of current and valid photo identification
  • Copy of current utility bill (does not include cell phone) with name and address
  • Bank Statement with name and address
  • Government check with name and address
  • Paycheck with name and address
  • Or other government document that shows your name and address

For more information, contact your state election office.

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