Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The District of Columbia will mail all active registered voters a mail-in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October. You can also vote in person. The District of Columbia offers early voting.

Vote in person

Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in The District of Columbia can look up where to vote on The District of Columbia’s site.

Vote early

The District of Columbia voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 27, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

In-person absentee voting is available 15 days prior to an election, while early voting is available 7 days prior to an election.

What to bring

  • If you’ve voted in DC before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote. Some polling locations may require ID for you to enter the facility, however.
  • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn’t provide proof of residence when registering, you will need to show proof of residence to vote. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid government-issued photo ID; or a current utility bill (does not include cell phone bill) issued within 90 days of Election Day, bank statement issued within 90 days of Election Day, government check issued within 90 days of Election Day, paycheck, lease or rental agreement, university housing or tuition bill, or another government document that shows your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a special ballot. You have two days following the election to show ID to the Board of Elections.

Who can vote

To vote in the District of Columbia you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • maintain residency in the District of Columbia for at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote
  • not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
  • be at least 17 years old (You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election. You may vote in a general or special election if you are at least 18 years old).
  • not be in jail for a felony conviction
  • not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote by mail

  1. The District of Columbia will mail all active registered voters a mail-in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October. If you need your ballot mailed to an address other than where you’re currently registered, you will need to request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.