Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

    Voter registration requirements and deadlines. Register to vote

  • How To: Vote

    Find out how, where, and when to vote. How to vote

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Get Out The Vote!

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.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

dcboee.org

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 29–Nov 5

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

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.

Absentee ballot received by
November 6

Vote early
Oct 29–Nov 5

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 6

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 6
  • 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