DC: Get Ready to Vote

This October, the DC Board of Elections will automatically mail a ballot to every registered DC voter. You do not need to request a mail-in ballot. They will be sent automatically to the address where you are registered. Here are you’re options & how it works:


  1. Register to Vote by October 13

  2. Ballots will be mailed to you

    • All you have to do is wait — the city has promised to send every registered voter a ballot in the mail starting the first week of October.
  3. Confirm Your Address

  4. Ballot must be postmarked by Election Day ( Nov. 3) and must be received by Nov. 13.






Register to Vote!

You can register to vote via mail or email through October 13. If you plan to vote by mail, you need to register ASAP. If you don’t register by October 13, you will need to register and vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. Full details and the form to register are available here.

DC allows same-day voter registration and registration updates at any Early Voting or Election Day Voting Center. To register to vote or update your address in person, you need to provide a document with your name and current DC address.

Acceptable documents include: current government-issued photo ID; utility bill issued no earlier than 90 days before the election; a current residential lease or rental agreement. (Full list of accepted documents available here.)

You can call 202-727-2525 to check the status of your registration, or look it up online here.




For those who aren’t able to vote by mail, there will also be in-person voting from October 27 through Election Day on November 3. If you plan to vote in person, you are STRONGLY encouraged to do so EARLY. Early voting will be available at two locations in each ward from 8:30 am to 7 pm every day October 27 through November 2. You can vote at any Early Voting Center on any day, regardless of where you live. Here’s the full list of Early Voting Centers.

During the June 2020 primary election, lines for Early Voting were extremely short. On the last day of Early Voting and on Election Day, however, lines stretched for HOURS. If you are voting in person, vote as early as you can to avoid delays.

If you are unable to vote early or by mail, 80 Voting Centers will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day, November 3. You can vote at any Voting Center, regardless of where you live, but expect LONG lines. Here’s the full list of voting centers.


You must act quickly to register or update your registration online or via mail. If you need to register or update your registration and plan to vote by mail, you must do so ASAP in order to receive an accurate ballot in early October. Otherwise, you can register and vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day.

Update Your Registration

In order to receive an accurate mail-in ballot in early October, confirm your voter registration ASAP. You can check the status and address of your registration here. If you need to update your address or other information, fill out this form and mail or email it to the DC Board of Elections (DCRegistrations@dcboe.org). Full details are available here.


In order to receive an accurate ballot at your current address in October, make sure your voter registration is up to date. You can check and update your registration information here. If you need to update your voter data, fill out this form and email it to the Board of Elections at DCRegistrations@dcboe.org.


Make sure your vote is counted! Starting in early October, you will be able to track the status of your ballot on the Board of Elections website, to make sure it is received and counted!

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