DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS

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Instructions & Statement

Registering to vote is easy using ABVote.  You can complete the entire registration process through our web portal if you have a current and valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)-issued identification (ID) number AND you consent to the use of your digital signature on file at the DMV as your signature for this application. 
 
If you do not have a DMV-issued ID or you do not consent to the use of your signature on file at the DMV as your signature for your application, you can still complete the voter registration application online, but you must then print and sign the application, and return it to the DC Board of Elections:
 
  • By mail or in person at
DC Board of Elections
1015 Half Street, SE
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20003
 
 
You can also complete the entire registration process electronically on your mobile device (smart phone or tablet) by downloading and using our mobile application, Vote 4 DC, and signing your application on your device screen with your fingertip or a stylus.
 
Already registered? Check your voter registration status here. If you need to update your address, name, or party affiliation, you may do so here.
 
Important Voter Registration Information
 
Qualifications
 
To register to vote, you must:
 
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
  • Be at least 16 years old (You may pre-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 on a felony conviction
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
 
Party Affiliation
 
To vote in a primary election in the District of Columbia, you must be registered to vote with one of the parties that is eligible to conduct a primary election (Democratic, Republican, D.C. Statehood Green, or Libertarian). You must be registered with one of these parties on or before the 21st day before the primary election, unless you are registering for the first time when you vote.  In that case, you may register with a party when you vote.  
 
Voter Identification
 
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:
 
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification
  • A copy of a current utility bill, 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)
  • Any other government-issued document that shows your name and address
 
Voter Registration Deadlines
 
All voter registration applications and updates submitted online and by mail must be received by the Board by no later than the 21st day before the election in which you wish to vote. If you submit your application in person at the Board of Elections or another voter registration agency, your application should be received no later than the day before the start of the early voting period. To learn about key dates and deadlines in the upcoming election cycle, please visit www.dcboe.org
 
Same day registration is available during early voting and on Election Day. To register when you vote, you must provide proof of residence that shows your name and current District of Columbia address. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:
 
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification
  • A utility bill for water, gas, electricity, cable, internet, telephone, or cellular phone service issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A savings, checking, credit, or money market account statement from a bank or credit union
issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A paycheck, stub, or earning statement that includes the employer’s name, address, and telephone number and was issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A government-issued document or check from a federal or District agency, other than the Board of Elections, issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A current residential lease or rental agreement
  • An occupancy statement from a District homeless shelter issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or university issued for the current academic or housing term

Voter Affirmation

  • I am a United States Citizen
  • I live in the District of Columbia
  • I am at least 16 years old
  • I am not in jail on a felony conviction
  • I have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • I do not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory