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    Washington, D.C. Voter Registration

    Voting is a privilege that many Americans have fought to preserve. To exercise your right to vote and make your voice heard, you must first register to vote in D.C.

    Voter registration is available through the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), as well as by mail or in person.

    Register to Vote in WA, D.C.

    It is everyone's civic responsibility to vote, but you must register first. In D.C., you can register to vote:

    Applications should be sent to:

    D.C. Board of Elections
    One Judiciary Square
    441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 250 North
    Washington, DC 20001

    Registration Deadlines

    Deadlines depend on how you register to vote and what type of ballot you want to cast:

    • If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked no more than 30 days prior to election day.
    • If you register in person, you must do so:
      • Before early voting begins to use a regular ballot.
      • Up to and including election day to cast a special ballot.

    Washington, D.C. Voter Registration Eligibility

    According to the BOE, to be eligible to register, you must satisfy all of the following:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Be a Washington, D.C. resident.
    • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election.
    • Not be in jail for a felony conviction.
    • Not have been adjudged "mentally incompetent" by a court of law.
    • Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside D.C.

    Out-of-State Voter Registration

    If you are a WA, D.C. resident but you are out of the district on military assignment, as the dependent of military personnel, or living overseas, you can:

    • Complete the voter registration form, print it, and mail it to the DC BOE. See the section “Register to Vote in WA, D.C.” above for more information.
      OR
    • Complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), available online.
      • This is both an application to register to vote and a request for an absentee ballot.
      • The FPCA application can be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail.

    Name or Address Changes in WA, D.C.

    To change your name and/or address on your voter registration card, you must fill out and mail the voter registration form, making sure to include all of your updated information.

    Alternatively, you can go in person to the DMV, BOE, or other D.C. agency and complete your registration.

    See the section “Register to Vote in WA, D.C.” for more information about submitting the application, and be sure to get your information in by the deadline:

    • Postmarked no more than 30 days before election day, if submitting by mail.
    • Completed in person before early voting begins, if you want to cast a regular ballot.
    • Completed in person as late as election day to cast a special ballot.

    If you also need to change your name or address on your Washington, D.C. driver's license or ID card, see our page Changing Your Name in Washington, D.C. or Changing Your Address in Washington, D.C.

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