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DC: Get Ready to Vote

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

Voting By Mail

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’s how it works:

1. Confirm Your Registration

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.

2. Look For Your Ballot in the Mail

Ballots will begin arriving in early October. Look for your ballot in the mail.

3. Vote!

Once you get your ballot in the mail, fill it out to vote! Instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included. The ballot will include a prepaid envelope to send it back and an I Voted sticker. Make sure to double-check that you signed the envelope in all the right places and take a photo of your signed ballot for your records.

A Note About the At-Large Race

Don’t forget, 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.

4. Return Your Ballot

There are multiple ways to safely return your ballot this year. We recommend returning it to one of the 50+ secure drop boxes that will be located around the District beginning in October. 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.

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You can return your ballot to any drop box or Voting Center, regardless of which ward you live in. Drop boxes will open in early October and Voting Centers on October 27.

5. Track Your Ballot

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!

Have questions about voting? Contact the campaign 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, 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.

Register or Update Your Voter Registration

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are multiple ways to safely return your ballot this year. We recommend returning it to one of the 50+ secure drop boxes that will be located around the District beginning in October. See the full list here. You can also return your signed ballot at any Early Voting or Election Day Voting Center (without waiting in line). See the full list of Voting Centers here, and a map of all voting locations and drop boxes here. Finally, you can return your ballot via USPS by including it in your outgoing mail or dropping it in a mailbox. 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.

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! 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.

Additional Resources

Have questions about voting? Contact the campaign at campaign@edfordc.com or call the DC Board of Elections at 202-727-2525.

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