Voter Registration: District of Columbia


Registration Deadline:  Your emailed application must be received by the 30th day, and your mailed application must be postmarked by the 30th day prior to an election for you to be eligible to cast a ballot. After that date, you can only register to vote in person. There is no registration deadline for in-person registration. You may register and cast a special ballot on Election Day.


Party Affiliation: To vote in a primary election in the District of Columbia, you must be registered to vote with the Democratic, Republican or D.C. Statehood Green Party.



Age: Be at least 16 years old (District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election.)

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Be a resident of the District of Columbia and not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia

Mental Competency: Must not be adjudged legally incompetent to vote

Felony Convictions: Not be in jail on a felony conviction


ID Requirements: To register by mail you must have either a Driver's license number or a DMV- issued ID number or a social security number. When registering for the first time by mail you will additionally need to include a copy of one of the following:


-A copy of a current and valid government photo identification;

-A copy of a current utility bill 

-A copy of a current bank statement

-A copy of a current government check

-A copy of a paycheck

-Other government document that shows the name and address of the voter



Online or by fax:  District of Columbia voter registration online application 


Online: Registration status verification


Phone: If no voter registration card is received within three weeks of mailing this application, call (202) 727-2525 or contact District of Columbia Board of Elections.



Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may vote absentee without providing an excuse.



Online:  Print the form.


By mail: Print a form and mail the completed form to the board of elections and ethics office.


Military and overseas voting: Qualified overseas or military voters can receive their absentee ballot by filling out this form, and returning it no later than the 21st day before an election.



Location and time: Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Tuesday before Election Day. Voted absentee ballots must be received by Election Day. 



Early voting qualifications: Early voting is offered in DC, without additional registration or qualifications. Check with the DC Board of Elections and Ethics for locations and times for early voting.



Verifying Registration: Voter registration status verification


Deciding how to vote:


Polling Place: District of Columbia polling place locator


ID Requirements: Registered voters do not need to present proof of residence to vote, however, some polling places require ID to enter the facility. It is therefore encouraged that you take some form of identification with you to vote. 


If you will be registering during the early voting period or at the polls on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence in order to register and vote a special ballot. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide proof of residence when registering, you will need to show proof of residence in order to cast a regular ballot.

Acceptable forms of proof of residence include the following (must include the name and address of the voter):

   -Copy of current and valid photo identification

   -Copy of a current utility bill (does not include cell phone)

   -Bank statement

   -Government check


   -Or other government document that shows your name and address


How to Vote: Voting machines in the District of Columbia

Problems with voting: District of Columbia HAVA plan. Contact the board with specific complaints and problems with voting.


Verifying provisional ballot status: Same day registration provisional ballot status

Verifying absentee ballot status: Verifying Absentee Ballot Status