With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting in District of Columbia begins in 8 days on October 27, 2020.

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

  • Vote Centers for the November 3 General Election will open Tuesday, October 27, 2020, through Monday, November 2, 2020, from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm.

  • On November 3, 2020 (Election Day), Vote Centers will open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • Due to COVID-19, all registered DC voters will be sent a mail-in ballot for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • You can still request a one-time absentee ballot if you will be temporarily out of town during a specific election.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

DC voters must provide their DC driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters must also physically show a valid document with their name and address, such as their driver's license, bank statement, or utility bill.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in the District of Columbia you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a District of Columbia resident at least 30 days preceding the next election
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election
  • not have been judged legally incompetent by a court of law
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere outside DC
  • note: people who are imprisoned and convicted of a felony may register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election

Can I register online?

To use the online portal, DC voters must upload their signature or be able to sign the form by touchscreen. DC voters must include their DC driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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