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  District of  

 Columbia  

Voting Guide

  • Mail-in and Online Registration Deadline: Received by Board of Elections by 21 days before Election Day

  • Eligible voters can also register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during the early voting period and on Election Day


You must have resided in D.C. for at least 30 days as of Election Day to be eligible to vote in D.C.

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location. If you are registered in one location, you cannot register in another location just because you want to participate in an election in the second location. Generally, voter registrstion is based on where you identify as your current residence.


DC’s voter registration form asks for your DC driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.


All applicants must provide proof of DC residence by including a copy of a document showing their name and current DC address. 


Acceptable IDs include:

  • Valid District of Columbia DMV-issued ID

  • Bank statement, utility statement, government check or paycheck issued within 90 days of the election

  • Other government document that shows the name and address of the voter

  • Students may present a lease or a tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or univeristy, issued for the current academic or housing term

You don’t have to show ID to vote in DC. If you register to vote during the early voting period or on Election Day, you will have to show proof of residence that includes your name and current address.

By Mail


Early In Person


Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by closing time then you have the right to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:


Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA


Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes


Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Washington D.C. affect my driver’s license or car registration?

A full-time student who is a resident of the District of Columbia is not required to obtain a D.C. license. For more information, visit the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles website at https://dmv.dc.gov/service/driver-licenses.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
 
Last updated March 2019