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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

District of Columbia: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:31 PM ET

Important News

  1. Friday, May 22, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Begins

    Early voting will be available for the June 2 primary election at vote centers throughout the District from May 22 through election day. Social distancing measures will be enforced at all vote centers.

  2. Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Deadline to request an absentee ballot for the June 2 primary election. Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained by calling (202) 741-5283, faxing (202) 347-2648, or emailing the Board, or they can be made online. Even though the instructions for the form indicate you “must” print and sign, if you are unable to print, sign, and/or scan the form, you can save the completed form as a pdf and email it to DCabsentee@dcboe.org. Voters can also request an absentee ballot online via a smartphone app.

  3. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    Limited in-person voting centers will be open from 7am to 8pm on election day. Social distancing measures will be enforced at all vote centers.

  4. Friday, June 12, 2020

    Ward 2 Special Election Early Voting Begins

    Early voting centers will be open for the June 16 Special Election for Ward 2 from June 12 through election day.

  5. Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Special Election for Ward 2

  6. Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    General Election Remote Voter Registration Deadline

    Deadline to register to vote for the November general election if sending your request by mail, email, or fax. In-person registration is available during early voting and on election day.

  7. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Your request for an absentee ballot must be received by no later than 7 days before the election in which you wish to vote.

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

    Absentee ballots must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.

cast an absentee ballot icon. How to cast an absentee ballot in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia allows all eligible registered voters to vote by mail for any reason.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in the District of Columbia

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

(Read our guidelines for what we include.)

Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    The District of Columbia has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Mayor Bowser and demand that they share their plan.

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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.