En español | The District of Columbia’s Nov. 8 general election will determine races for mayor, attorney general, members of the D.C. City Council, the D.C. delegate to Congress and other citywide offices. The primary was June 21.
- Mail-in balloting: All active registered voters will be sent a no-excuse mail-in ballot for the general election.
- Early in-person voting: You can cast your ballot early and in person at least one week before Election Day at vote centers throughout the city.
- In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find your polling place online at the D.C. Board of Elections website.
What's new this year?
Redistricting has redrawn some of the Districts 8 Wards and Advisory Neighborhood Councils. But all registered voters are eligible to vote from home with a mail-in ballot or in person at any vote centers in the city regardless of where they reside.
What races are on the ballot in 2022?
- Mayor: Incumbent Muriel Bowser (D), Stacia Hall (R)
- Attorney general
- D.C. City Council: Wards 1, 3, 5 & 6
- D.C. Delegate to Congress: 1 seat
- Shadow congressional delegation: 1 seat
- State Board of Education: Wards 1, 3, 5 & 6
- Advisory neighborhood commissioners: 296 commissioners
How do I register to vote?
- Online: Use the District’s online portal to register, check your registration status, or update your name, address and party affiliation.
- Mail: Download an application from the Board of Elections website, print and complete it, and mail it to the D.C. Board of Elections at 1015 Half St. SE, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20003. You can also fax your application to 202-347-2648 or email a scanned version to DCRegistrations@dcboe.org.
- In person: Pick up an application at the D.C. Board of Elections or at any D.C. public library. Mail or deliver it in person to the D.C. Board of Elections office. The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles also offers automatic voter registration when applying for or renewing your driver’s license or a non-driver’s identification (ID) card.
Voter registration applications must be received by Oct. 18. If you miss the deadline, same-day registration is available at early vote centers during the early voting period or at polling places on Election Day. Remember to bring proof of your residence, such as your driver’s license, U.S. passport or a current utility bill or paycheck. Check online for a list of acceptable IDs.
How can I get a mail-in ballot? Are there important deadlines?
All registered voters will be mailed a no-excuse absentee ballot to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. However, voters who expect to be traveling outside the District on Election Day must request a mail-in ballot. Requests must be received by Oct. 24. Here's how to request a mail-in ballot.
- By mail or phone: Download and complete a mail-in ballot request application, sign it, and return it to the D.C. Board of Elections by mail or by fax at 202-347-2648. You may also email your application as a scanned attachment to DCabsentee@dcboe.org. Call the Board of Elections office at 202-727-2525 to request that an application be mailed to you.
- In person: Request a mail-in ballot at the District’s Board of Elections office at 1015 Half St. SE, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20003.
Your completed ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must arrive at the D.C. Board of Elections office no later than seven days after Election Day. The deadline for in-person submission at your polling place is 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Can I track my mail-in ballot?
Yes, use the city’s Board of Elections’ online tracker to check the status of your ballot.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
Early voting runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. An updated list of early vote centers will be posted on the Board of Elections website as Election Day nears.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
The general election is Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Search for your polling place online on the D.C. Board of Elections website.
Do I need identification to vote at the polls?
Only if you are a first-time voter who submitted a voter registration application without one of the following documents.
- Copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification, including a D.C. driver’s license or non-driver’s government-issued ID
- Copy of a current utility bill
- Copy of a current bank statement, government check or paycheck
- Any other government-issued document that includes your name and address
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 22 with information about how to vote in the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020.
Also of Interest
- Stay updated on the 2022 election at AARP.org/election
- Keep up with local events and AARP advocacy efforts at https://states.aarp.org/washington-dc/