District of Columbia

23% of 18-29 year olds voted in the U.S. in 2022*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

The deadline to register to vote is October 25, 2024. However, the District of Columbia offers same day registration. 

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, DC for the General Election is October 15, 2024.


Voter Registration Process

There are three methods of voter registration in Washington D.C.: online, mail in a printable application, or in-person.

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

This page was last updated on August 21, 2023.

Questions? Contact us here.

Washington D.C. offers in-person, absentee, and early voting in the 2024 General Election.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

Any registered voter in Washington D.C. may request an absentee ballot and is not required to provide a reason. Click here to access the form. However, for the 2024 General Election, all registered voters will be mailed a ballot.

  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 15 days prior to Election Day (October 21, 2024).
  • Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day, and arrive no later than 7 days after the election (November 12, 2022). Click here to find a secure drop box location (drop off ballot no later than 8pm 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 information is updated here. For the 2024 General Election, early voting will occur from October 28 to November 3, 2024 from 8:30am to 7:00pm.

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. More information can be found here.
  • Further Washington D.C. voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated on August 21, 2023.

Questions? Contact us here.