Voting in
District of Columbia

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in District of Columbia, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the District of Columbia Election Website or call (202) 727-2525 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for District of Columbia

Don’t miss your next election!

The voter registration deadline for Washington DC is Oct. 13th. If you would prefer to vote by mail, you must apply by Oct. 27th. We recommend getting your application in as soon as possible.

Missed the registration deadline? No problem, you may register to vote in person with valid ID at early voting locations and on Election Day.

Presidential Primaries

Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in the primary election. If you are not registered to vote, you can register and pick a party at your polling place on the day of the primary and vote in that party's primary. However, if you are previously registered you cannot change or declare your affiliation on Election Day.  Previously registered voters that would like to become unaffiliated or change party must do so by the party's mail-by voter registration deadlines.


Statewide Primaries

DC offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 23rd to Oct. 30th

You can vote in person at designated locations from Oct. 23rd-Oct. 30th before the election. No excuse required. You may also register to vote during early voting, but cannot change your party if you were previously registered in DC.

To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than Oct. 27th. Your request must be received by 4:45 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.

Applications for permanent absentee voters, or election specific absentee requests, are processed and received by the district at any time.

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Voter ID + Access for District of Columbia

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • The pre-registration age is 16
    • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.