District of Columbia

50% of 18-29 year olds voted in the U.S. in 2020*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your mail-in voter registration application must be received on or by October 13, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election. Washington D.C. also allows for same-day voter registration, meaning that you are able to register to vote in-person up until the close of polls on Election Day.

Check Registration Status

Check your Washington D.C. voter registration status here.



In order to register to vote, you must be an American citizen, be a resident of Washington D.C. for at least 30 days, and at least 16 years old (must be at least 17 years old to vote in the primary and 18 years old on or by the next General Election).

  • You cannot claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia or have been found by a court to be legally incompetent in order register to vote.
  • College students may choose to register to vote at either their home address OR at their college address. If voting in DC, proof of address is required. Click here for more information.


The deadline to register to vote in Washington D.C. for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 13, 2020 if you are mailing in your application. D.C. also offers in-person same-day voter registration.


Voter Registration Process

There are two primary methods of registering to vote in Washington D.C.: mailing in a printable application or registering in-person.

  • Further voter registration information for Washington DC can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

Questions? Contact us here.

Washington D.C. offers absentee by-mail and early in-person voting. Eligible voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the D.C. Board of Elections has developed the Vote Safe D.C. campaign: the Board will only operate 32 Vote Centers during the early voting period (October 27 – November 2) and on 95 Vote Centers Election Day, November 3, 2020. Find more information here.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

In Washington D.C., every active registered voter is being mailed a ballot via the United States Postal Service. The absentee ballot request form can be used to change the address as to where you want the mail-in ballot sent to. Click here to access the form.

  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is October 27, 2020 (7 days before the General Election).
  • Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day, and arrive no later than 7 days after the election. Click here to find a secure drop box location (drop off ballot no later than 8 pm on Election Day). Click here to track your ballot.
  • Further absentee voting information for Washington D.C. can be found here.

Early Voting

Washington D.C. offers early voting.

  • Early voting will begin on October 27th and end on November 2nd.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.


Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 7 am-8 pm.

  • In order to vote in Washington D.C., you do not need to provide an ID. However, some polling places may request identification upon entry. If you are participating in same-day voter registration, proper residency identification is required.
  • Further Washington D.C. voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

Questions? Contact us here.