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.

Have more questions about voting?

Read our voting FAQ

Important Dates - Presidential Primary

Primary Election Date
Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
Primary Type

Voting Information for District of Columbia

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.

Don’t miss your next election!

Don’t miss your next election! Washington DC holds its presidential primary election on June 2, 2020. You may register to vote in person with valid ID at early voting locations and on Election Day in Washington DC. Preregistration and party affiliation is recommended as DC holds closed primaries.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: May 22nd to May 29th

You can vote in person at designated locations from May 22nd to May29th 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 May 30th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by June 16th at 8:00 p.m.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Eligibility for District of Columbia

Do Voters Need ID?

    No, voters do not need an ID
  • First time voters need ID

Voter Rights

Find out more about your rights in District of Columbia.


  • You may pre-register for All Elections
  • The pre-registration age is 16