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DC—It's Time to Vote!

DC voters have multiple options for voting safely this year. Make a plan to vote EARLY. Here’s everything you need to know:

Vote By Mail

Mail voting is officially underway! Registered DC voters were automatically sent a mail-in ballot in early October. Here’s how it works:

1. Fill Out Your Ballot

Once you get your ballot in the mail, fill it out to vote! The ballot includes instructions and a pre-paid envelope to return it. Make sure to sign the envelope and take a photo of your ballot for your records.

You Get TWO Votes

Remember—you can vote for two candidates in the At-Large DC Council race! Ed is one of 20+ candidates vying for the Independent At-Large seat, which by DC Home Rule Charter must go to a non-majority (non-Democratic) candidate. As you cast your vote for Ed, remember that the two candidates with the most votes (regardless of party) will win a Council seat. Ed is listed #23, near the bottom of the ballot.

2. Return Your Ballot

We recommend returning your completed ballot to one of the 50+ secure drop boxes currently open around the District. See the full list of drop boxes here. You can also return your signed ballot at any Early Voting or Election Day Voting Center (without waiting in line). It is now too late to return your ballot via USPS—use a drop box instead.

Drop boxes are OPEN! Don’t be put off by the padlock in front — the ballot is inserted through the dark plastic that covers the hole.

3. Track Your Ballot

Make sure your vote is counted! You can track the status of your ballot on the Board of Elections website, to make sure it is received and counted.

Didn’t receive a ballot yet? Click here to check your registration status or track the status of your ballot. Act quickly to request a mail-in ballot or make a plan to vote in person. If you need additional support, please get in touch at campaign@edfordc.com or call the DC Board of Elections at 202-727-2525.

Voting In Person

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, do so EARLY to avoid long lines.

Early voting will be available at least 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.

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.

Register or Update Your Voter Registration

You can register or update your registration online through October 13 or in person starting October 27 at a Voting Center.

Updating Your Registration

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.

Registering to Vote

You can register to vote online via mail or email through October 13, or 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend returning your completed ballot to one of the 50+ secure drop boxes currently open around the District. See the full list of drop boxes here. You can also return your signed ballot at any Early Voting or Election Day Voting Center (without waiting in line). Finally, you can return your ballot via USPS by including it in your outgoing mail or dropping it in a mailbox (no need for a stamp!). Find a mailbox or post office here. Ballots must be postmarked by November 3—if you plan to mail in your ballot, do so EARLY.

According to DC’s Home Rule Charter, two At-Large DC Council seats must be reserved for the non-majority party (the majority party in DC is the Democratic Party). Though Ed is a lifelong Democrat, he is running on a progressive platform as an Independent to fill the open At-Large Council seat which by law is reserved for the non-majority party.

You can track the status of your ballot on the Board of Elections website, to make sure it is received and counted! If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact the Board of Elections at 202-727-2525.

No. Ballots have prepaid postage. You can return them via USPS or to a ballot drop box or at a Voting Center.

Yes. If you would prefer to vote in person, you can bring your completed ballot to a Voting Center to turn it in. If you would like to vote via a regular in-person ballot, you can do so at any Voting Center. Poll workers will first confirm that you haven’t returned a mail-in ballot. If you have returned a mail-in ballot, you will need to vote on a “special ballot” that will be counted after Election Day so the Board of Elections can confirm you only vote once.

In most cases, registered voters do not need to present proof of residence to vote; however, it is encouraged that you take some form of identification with you to vote in case you need it. The Voting Center staff will ask for your name, address, and signature. If you are registering to vote or updating your registration, you will need to bring proof of residence.

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Didn’t receive a ballot yet? Click here to check your registration status or track the status of your ballot. Act quickly to request a mail-in ballot or make a plan to vote in person. If you need additional support, please get in touch at campaign@edfordc.com or call the DC Board of Elections at 202-727-2525.

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