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District of Columbia: Voter Guide
Voting Information // District of Columbia

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

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
Be a District of Columbia resident at least 30 days preceding the next election
United States Citizen
18+ Years of Age


In Person - 
By Election Day
Mail - 
Received 21 days before Election Day
Online - 
21 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Request 7 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Received by Election Day
In Person - 
Between 1 and 15 days before Election Day

More Information

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.

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

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