State of District of Columbia Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your local election office
  • at the polls on Election Day

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am until 8pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

No earlier than ten days prior to an election qualified electors may register to vote and cast full ballots at any ward-based early voting center. Early voting centers are open every day during this period between the hours of 8:30am and 7:00pm.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

You are eligible to vote in District of Columbia if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of District of Columbia
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in District of Columbia if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are registered to vote in another state
After a 2020 change, people who are incarcerated for any reason can now always vote in Washington, D.C.

You may preregister to vote in District of Columbia

  • At the age 16
  • At the age of 17

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in District of Columbia if:

  • You reside in District of Columbia but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in District of Columbia

Voter Registration

To register to vote in District of Columbia you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your District of Columbia Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in District of Columbia, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid District of Columbia Driver's License
  • Valid District of Columbia Non-driver's ID
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • University Tuition Bill
  • University Housing Bill
  • Lease
  • Letter from a homeless organization verifying your residence location for purposes of voter registration

Statements, checks and bills should be dated no earlier than 90 days before Election Day. School documents must be from a DC institution.

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Voter Registration

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