Last updated 8/9/2022
Absentee Ballot: You do not need to request an absentee ballot. All voters will receive a mail-in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October. Click here for: Mail-in ballot info
To register to vote, you must:
2. BY MAIL, E-MAIL, or FAX, downloading the Voter Registration Application and following these steps:
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To register to vote, you must:
If you are registering to vote in the District of Columbia for the first time and you submit your application by mail or online, you must either include a copy of one of the following documents with your application or present a copy of the document the first time you vote:
All active registered voters will be mailed a ballot for the 2022 elections. However, DC voters who expect to be away from their DC residence during the election must request a Mail-In Ballot: Mail-In Ballot Request Form
You DO NOT have to request a Mail-In Ballot unless you will be away from your DC residence during the election.
Requests for Mail-in-Ballots must be received no later than the 15th day before each election.
You will receive your ballot by mail. Instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included along with your ballot. Your voted and mailed ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.
You can track the status of your Mail-In Ballot here. If you are concerned that you may not be able to receive or cast your ballot in time for it to be counted, please contact the D.C. Board of Elections at 202.727.2525.
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Help for voters with disabilities
DCBOE provides numerous voting options for senior citizens and people with disabilities. On Election Day, senior citizens and people with disabilities can vote in-person at their assigned polling place, where Voter Assistance Clerks will be present to help. In addition to in-person voting, DCBOE offers curbside voting, early voting, absentee voting, and a change of polling place.
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Delegate to the U.S. Representatives
At-large Member of the Council of the District of ColumbiaWard Member of the Council of the District of Columbia (Wards 2, 4, 7, & 8)
District of Columbia State Board of Education
Mayor of the District of Columbia
Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners
The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) is the independent agency of the District government responsible for the administration of elections, ballot access, and voter registration. DCBOE consists of three active Board members, an Executive Director, a General Counsel, and a number of support staff who run the day-to-day operations of the Agency.
The Constitution, until amended or until DC becomes a state or part of a state, gives Congress exclusive legislative authority over DC in Article I, Section 8, Clause 17. Over DC's 200-year history, Congress has passed laws to modify the local governance structure numerous times. In 1973, Congress granted DC limited Home Rule authority. Congress oversees DC through four Congressional subcommittees, four committees, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President. Congress not only reviews and can modify DC's local budget, but it can also annul any law it does not agree with. Therefore, DC does not have true local self-government. In addition, the President appoints DC's local judges and is in charge of DC's court and prison system. The federal government prosecutes most crimes, not DC. DC has been denied these Constitutional rights which are guaranteed to citizens living in states: equal representation in the Senate under the 17th Amendment and House of Representatives under Article 1, the right to a republican form of government under Article 4, the right to all powers and privileges under the 9th and 10th amendments, and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. DC citizens were prohibited from voting in Presidential elections until the 23rd amendment to the Constitutional was ratified in 1961. They have never been permitted full voting rights in Congress.
The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance covers regulation, enforcement, services and more.
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