Upcoming Elections in Washington DC

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

The polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except in instances when the time established for closing the polls is extended pursuant to a federal or District court order or any other order.
The Board may, upon request of the precinct captain or upon its own initiative, if an emergency exists by reason of mechanical failure of a voting machine, an unanticipated shortage of ballots, excessive wait times, bomb threats, or similar unforeseen event warrants it, extend the polling hours for that precinct until the emergency situation has been resolved

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Washington DC?

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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

June 14,2016 - Presidential Primary (Democratic Party only) and Local Primary Election
Qualified electors may register to vote and/or cast full ballots for their precincts at the polling places for their precincts of residence.`
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing ends: Deadline for filing nominating petitions, petition supplements, Declarations of Candidacy, and any other affidavits, forms, or declarations required for the particular office sought. March 16,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Deadline for registration-by-mail; mailed voter registration applications and registration update notifications must be postmarked by this date. May 16,2016
Last day to change or withdraw party affiliation: Last day for a qualified elector to change his or her party affiliation status May 16,2016
Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots: Last day for receipt of timely completed non-postmarked voter registration applications and registration update notifications May 23,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day qualified electors may register to vote and cast in-person absentee ballots at One Judiciary Square May 31,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - Electronic: Last day for Board to receive and process mailed or electronically received requests for non-UOCAVA absentee ballots and absentee federal ballots June 7,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Deadline for UOCAVA voters to request an absentee ballot. June 11,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day qualified electors may register to vote and cast in-person absentee ballots at One Judiciary Square June 11,2016
November 8,2016 - General Election Day `
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing ends: Deadline for filing nominating petitions, petition supplements, Declarations of Candidacy (except for candidates for presidential elector), and any required affidavits August 10,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Deadline for registration-by-mail; mailed voter registration applications and registration update notifications must be postmarked by this date October 11,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Last day for receipt of faxed or electronically transmitted federal postcard applications, federal write-in absentee ballots, and other voter registration applications from persons eligible to vote absentee in federal elections pursuant to UOCAVA. October 11,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Deadline (8:00 p.m.) for receipt of all absentee ballots. November 8,2016
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Time Off For Voting:

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

WASHINGTON DC: Yes

You may register at your precinct's polling place on Election Day and cast a special ballot that same day. You may also register and vote a special ballot at any early voting center (the Board's Office or satellite locations). You will need to complete a voter registration application, swear or affirm that you are a qualified elector, and provide valid proof of residence.

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