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District of Columbia

Population

705,749

Voting-Age Pop.

511,190

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 93 %
Trump 4 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 13, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    No
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

The DC Board of Elections is mailing every registered qualified voter a ballot for the Nov 3 General Election in addition to opening 16 Vote Centers during the early voting period (Oct 27 - Nov 2) and 89 Vote Centers on Election Day, Nov 3.

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  • Yes, all registered voters in the District of Columbia will receive a mail-in ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is the district automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

Yes, all registered voters in the District of Columbia will receive a mail-in ballot for the general election.

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  • First week in October: All active registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October.

When will I receive my ballot?

First week in October: All active registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October.

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  • Your ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been mailed on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.

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Your ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been mailed on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


    DC has incorporated vote-by-mail for the 2020 general election.


    The DC Board of Elections is mailing every registered voter a ballot for the Nov 3 general election.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


DC has incorporated vote-by-mail for the 2020 general election.


The DC Board of Elections is mailing every registered voter a ballot for the Nov 3 general election.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this district?

Yes

You can cast your ballot at any Early Voting Center. Each voter will be checked in at the Early Voting Center using electronic pollbooks connected over a secure network. Voters cannot check-in and cast a ballot at more than one location.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

You may register at a polling place on Election Day and cast a regular ballot that same day. You may also register and vote a regular ballot at any Early Voting Center.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

If you are registering to vote in the District of Columbia for the first time and you submit your application by mail or online, you must either include a copy of one of the following documents with your application or present a copy of the document the first time you vote.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - dcboe.org

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Copy of Current Utility Bill

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  • Copy of a Current and Valid Government-issued Photo Identification

  • Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck

    Dated no earlier than 90 days before the date upon which you mail your application or, if you do not submit proof by mail or online, 90 days before the date you vote

  • Other Government-issued Document


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