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District of Columbia absentee ballot guide

Last updated: July 3, 2020
  • In District of Columbia, you can apply for an absentee ballot online, by-mail , or in-person.

The District of Columbia Elections Office, plans to mail a ballot to every registered voter in the District of Columbia for the November General Election.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 7 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 7 days before Election Day
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day.

Who can vote by absentee ballot in District of Columbia

Any registered DC voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Apply online (recommended)

  1. You can apply for an absentee ballot online in District of Columbia.
  2. We recommend this option, since it is faster than applying by-mail or in-person.
  3. The deadline to apply online is: 7 days before Election Day.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the District of Columbia absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 7 days before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day..

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in District of Columbia.