District of columbia

  • Online registration deadline: 21 days before Election Day
  • Register by mail deadline: Must be received 21 days before Election Day
  • In person registration deadline: Available up to and including on Election Day

You can confirm your voter registration status on District of Columbia’s election website  .

You can download the National Voter Registration Form from here.

Registered voters do not need to present identification or 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.


If you plan to register in person during the Early Voting period or on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence in order to register and vote.


If this is your first time voting in DC and you did not provide proof of residence when registering, you will need to show proof of residence in order to cast a live (regular) ballot.


Acceptable forms of proof of residence include the following ( must include the name and address of the voter):

  • Valid District of Columbia DMV-issued ID 
  • Government check or paycheck*
  • Bank statement*
  • Current utility bill (does not include cell phone)*
  • Student housing statement/tuition bill
  • Homeless shelter occupancy statement
  • Residential Lease
  • Other current government document that shows your name and address


**The issue, bill, or statement date must be within 90 days of Election Day

Early Voting

No earlier than ten days prior to an election qualified electors may register to vote and cast full ballots at any ward-based early voting center. Early voting centers are open every day during this period between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.

Absentee Voting

DC is a Vote-by-Mail system. All registered voters will automatically receive Absentee Ballots at their home addresses. You only need to apply for an absentee ballot if you will be away from your voting residence during the election.

You can visit the US Vote Disability Voting Guide to see accommodations for the registration and voting process.

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