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Last update: Apr 09, 2021
Who can vote
To vote in the District of Columbia you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of the District of Columbia
- maintain residency in the District of Columbia for at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote
- not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
- be at least 17 years old (You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election. You may vote in a general or special election if you are at least 18 years old).
- not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
Online voter registration
- Washington, D.C. offers online voter registration.
- To register in DC, you must provide your DC DMV-issued identification number or if you do not have a DMV-issued identification number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number. You must draw or upload a signature, but for best results, sign this form using a stylus or your finger on your mobile device. A typed signature is not acceptable. Please disregard the option to type a signature.
By-mail voter registration
Use the Washington, D.C. voter registration form
You can register to vote using the Washington, D.C. voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Federal law now requires that all voter registration applications must include either the applicant's DC-issued driver's license number or the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number in order to be processed.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: The District of Columbia requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
- Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official
- When registering for the first time by mail you will need to include a copy of one of the following: a current and valid government photo identification; a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a current government check; a paycheck; or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
- If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.
In-person voter registration
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Board of Elections for Washington, D.C. or contacting your local election official.
Election Day registration
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Military and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
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