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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Washington DC.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Scheduled Elections In Washington DC

DateElection
June 19,2018 2018 June 19 primary election
November 6,2018 2018 November 6 General Election
November 3,2020 2020 November 3 General Election

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 June 19 primary election -- Date: June 19,2018
Deadlines
May 4, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Deadline for Board to transmit validly requestedabsentee ballots to UOCAVA voters where requests were received at least 45 days before the electio
June 8, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Period during which qualified electors may register and cast ballots at ward-based early voting centers. Early voting centers are open every day during this period between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m
June 12, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline:Deadline for receipt of absentee ballot requests from non-UOCAVA voters
June 13, 2018 Emergency Absentee Voting Begins:Period during which certain registered qualified electors may cast emergency absentee ballots
June 15, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends:Period during which qualified electors may register and cast ballots at ward-based early voting centers. Early voting centers are open every day during this period between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m
June 19, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline :Deadline (8:00 p.m.) for receipt of all absentee ballots
June 19, 2018 Emergency Absentee Voting Ends:Period during which certain registered qualified electors may cast emergency absentee ballots (8:00 p.m. or close of polls)
June 25, 2018 Deadline for the county board of elections commissioners to deliever certificate of elections to the winner:Certification of election results
2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018
Deadlines
September 21, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Deadline for Board to transmit validly requested absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters where requests were received at least 45 days before the election.
September 24, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Last day for registered qualified electors to submit application to correct the voter registration list or challenge the right to vote of a person named on the list
October 30, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline:Deadline for receipt of absentee ballot requests from non-UOCAVA voters
November 6, 2018 Absentee Ballot return starts :Deadline (8:00 p.m.) for receipt of all absentee ballots.
November 15, 2018 Deadline for the county board of elections commissioners to deliever certificate of elections to the winner:Certification of election results

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 November 3 General Election -- Date: November 3,2020
Deadlines

The Opening And Closing Times For Polling Places

Polls open from 7:00 AM to 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.

Am I Eligible To Vote in Washington DC?

To register to vote in the District of Columbia , an individual must meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a legal Resident of the District of Columbia,
  • Be at least 16 years old but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election.
  • Not in jail on a felony conviction
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • Do not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia

If you are registering to vote for this first time and submit the application by mail, you may be required to submit a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address with this application or present it the first time you vote in a federal election. Your mailed application must be postmarked by the 30th day prior to an election for you to be eligible to cast a ballot; after that date, you can only register to vote in person.

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