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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your DMV issued ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to register online.

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Washington DC Voter Registration Form or call (202) 727-2525 to request one be sent to you by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen and indicate whether you’d like to be a poll worker at the next election

Step 2 · Select your reason for completing this form: new registration, party change, address change; and/or name change

Step 3 · Select your gender (optional) and provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your residential address

Step 5 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 6 · Provide your date of birth

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your daytime telephone number and email address

Step 8 · Provide your DMV-issued ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either, check the box asking for a number to be assigned.

Step 9 · Select your party affiliation

Step 10 · (If necessary) If you have a disability and need help voting, provide your disability

Step 11 · Provide your primary language if not English

Step 12 · (If applicable) Provide the name and address on your last registration

Step 13 · Sign and date your application

Step 14 · If you’re registering for the first time, you must provide a copy of one of the following documents showing your name and address when you register or vote:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be mailed by Oct 11 and received by Oct 17

District Board of Elections and Ethics
441 4th Street NW, Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the form in person at your DC Board of Elections or at other city agencies, like the DMV and the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen and indicate whether you’d like to be a poll worker at the next election

Step 2 · Select your reason for completing this form: new registration, party change, address change; and/or name change

Step 3 · Select your gender (optional) and provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your residential address

Step 5 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 6 · Provide your date of birth

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your daytime telephone number and email address

Step 8 · Provide your DMV-issued ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either, check the box asking for a number to be assigned.

Step 9 · Select your party affiliation

Step 10 · (If necessary) If you have a disability and need help voting, provide your disability

Step 11 · Provide your primary language if it’s not English

Step 12 · (If applicable) Provide the name and address on your last registration

Step 13 · Sign and date your application


3. Return the form.
  • At any of the above agencies by Oct 11
  • At your early voting location between Oct 29 and Nov 5
  • At the DC Board of Elections by Nov 7
  • At your polling place on Nov 8. You’ll have to provide one of the following documents with your name and address:
    • Government-issued photo ID
    • Current utility bill
    • Bank statement
    • Government check
    • Paycheck

Check if you’re registered to vote

dcboee.org

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Be a resident of DC by Oct 11
  • Not be in jail for a felony under DC law
  • Not be currently judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state or territory
Online
October 11

Mail
October 11

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 29–Nov 5

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Who can vote early

All voters registered in the District of Columbia can vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

All voters registered in the District of Columbia can vote by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print an absentee ballot application or submit an absentee ballot request online.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “November 8, 2016 General Election”

Steps 2-3 · Provide your name and birthday

Step 4 · Provide your DMV-issued ID Number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Steps 5-7 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number, fax number, and/or email address

Step 8 · Provide your current address

Step 9 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed, if different

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Your absentee ballot application must be received by Nov 1 at the following address:
DC Board of Elections
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001-2745


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Attach an accepted form of ID, if required
  • Send your absentee ballot so it’s received no later than 8 PM on Election Day,Nov 8, at the following address:

DC Board of Elections
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001-2745

Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 29–Nov 5

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in DC or register on Election Day. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a DC address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be serving a jail sentence for a crime considered a felony in DC
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • Not be registered to vote in another state or jurisdiction

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in DC, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

If you registered to vote by mail and you’re voting in DC for the first time, attach a copy to your mail ballot or bring one of the following to vote:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address