The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) is fully prepared for the upcoming November 8th election and wants to make sure that DC’s voters are informed and ready to vote. This year, voters in the District of Columbia will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on key local and national races, including the presidential election. DC’s more than 455,000 voters will also have the opportunity to weigh in on the Advisory Referendum on DC Statehood.
Remember, DC allows same-day registration! You may register at an Early Voting Center beginning October 22 or at your assigned polling place on Election Day. Bring a current and valid proof of residency to register and cast a ballot on the same day.
Here are tips and guidelines for the many options that are available for this election to make voting in DC easy and convenient:
What’s on the ballot?
The Advisory Referendum on DC Statehood is also on the ballot and you can find more information at: http://www.dcboee.org/pdf_files/pn_1917.pdf
When can I vote?
You do not have to wait until Election Day, November 8th! Early Voting begins on October 22nd at One Judiciary Square and on October 28th at Early Voting Centers in every ward across the District. To find the most convenient Early Voting Center for you, visit https://www.dcboee.org/ev/index.asp.
Where can I vote?
During Early Voting, you can vote at One Judiciary Square or at ANY Early Voting Center. On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling place. Find yours at: https://www.vote4dc.com/SearchElection/SearchByAddress
Can I still vote with an absentee ballot?
Yes, and you don’t even need an excuse. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is November 1, online (https://www.vote4dc.com/ApplyInstructions/Absentee) or with the “Vote4DC” mobile app. Absentee ballots must be must be received by Election Day, November 8th.
DCBOE has also acquired more than 400 new voting machines, available at all polling places, programmed in Spanish and English, and equipped with enhanced accessibility options for voters with disabilities. Voter Assistance Clerks will be available at all voting precincts to assist voters curbside at their vehicles, as well as inside the polling place. DCBOE could not carry out its mission without the more than 3,000 temporary election workers that are recruited and trained beginning months before the first ballot is cast. The extensive training covers District election laws and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, and operation of voting equipment, which offers the latest technology to make your voting experience as independent, accessible, and secure at over 140 polling places.
For more on voting in the District of Columbia visit www.dcboee.org, follow @DCBOEE on Twitter, and download the “Vote4DC” mobile app.