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District of Columbia
Last updated February 2, 2023
Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines
Check if you are registered
What's on your
Absentee (Mail-in) Voting
All registered voters may vote by mail.
- To ensure that you receive your mail-in ballot at the correct address, it is critical that you CHECK and UPDATE (if necessary) your voter registration.
- Mail ballot drop boxes will be distributed to 55 locations throughout the District, and will be open to voters starting in October. Once mail ballot drop boxes open, voters will be able to return their voted mail-in ballots to any mail ballot drop box location until 8:00 p.m. ET on November 8.
- Voters may also return their voted mail-in ballot via USPS (must be postmarked by November 8 and received by the Board of Elections no later than November 15), or in person at any Vote Center during the Early Voting period or on Election Day.
First-time voters who registered by mail or online are required to provide following ID documents with your voted mail ballot:
- A copy of a current and valid government‐issued photo ID; OR
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government‐issued document that shows your name and address. The issue, bill, or statement date must be no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election.
Early voting varies as the period is set by the Board of Elections, but not more than 10 days before the election.
What to Expect
on Election Day
On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM EST.
Voter ID Requirements
You do not need an ID to vote in DC.
Certain polling stations may require a form of identification; you are encouraged to bring a form of identification.
If you are not registered to vote, you may do so at any vote center providing that you show acceptable proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:
- Current and valid District of Columbia DMV issued ID
- Government check or paycheck*
- Bank statement*
- Current utility bill*
- Student housing statement/tuition bill
- Homeless shelter occupancy statement
- Other government document with your name and address
* The issue, bill, or statement date must be within 90 days of Election Day
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.”
It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose.
Have questions or need help voting?
Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).
Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.