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Voting Requirements
Registration Difficulty
Voting Accessibility

Upcoming Elections

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Voting Qualifications

Not be in prison for a felony conviction
Not have been judged legally incompetent by a court of law
Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside DC


Voter Registration

In Person  - 
By Election Day
Mail  - 
Received 21 days before Election Day
Online  - 
21 days before Election Day

Absentee Ballot

Mail  - 
Request 7 days before Election Day
Mail  - 
Received by Election Day

Early Voting

In Person  - 
Between 1 and 15 days before Election Day

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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.

Absentee Voter Rules

Any registered DC voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Voter Identification

If you’re not voting for the first time in DC, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you registered to vote by mail and you’re voting in DC for the first time, bring one of the following to vote in person early or on Election Day:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student housing statement/tuition bill, homeless shelter occupancy statement, lease, or other government document that shows your name and address