Voting Resource Guide

If you are not registered to vote or if information in your registration has changed, please follow the following 3 steps. If your registration is up to date you should be sent a mail-in ballot, but should still request a ballot anyway to ensure you receive one on time, just follow steps 2 and 3.

Step 1: Register to vote

Anyone registered to vote in the District of Columbia can vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are eligible to vote. If you are not registered to vote, visit for instructions on how to register to vote, or visit the District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) website.

To check your registration status go to:

Step 2: Request a mail-in ballot

The DC Board of Elections has said every registered voter will be sent an absentee ballot, however voters should still request the ballots to make sure they receive one.

Mail-in ballots can be requested no later than October 26. Check your registration information at to ensure they have your correct home address on file.

To request a Mail-in Ballot, please download and completely fill out the Absentee Ballot Request Form found on the DC Board of Elections website, sign it, and return it to the Board of Elections by either:

  1. Mail to: 1015 Half Street, SE, Suite 750; Washington, D.C. 20003

  2. Fax to: 202.347.2648

  3. Or by email in a scanned attachment to

Do I have to use the DCBOE Absentee Ballot Request Form? No, you are not required to use the Absentee Ballot Request Form to request an absentee ballot - any signed document requesting an absentee ballot is acceptable. Please ensure that your request for an absentee ballot includes the following information:

  • Your name

  • The election(s) for which you are requesting a ballot

  • The address at which you are registered

  • Your current address (if different from above)

  • Your contact information (telephone number and/or email address)

  • Your date of birth

  • Mailing address to which the ballot should be sent

  • Your original signature (A signed absentee ballot request sent electronically will be considered to contain an original signature)


Optional: your telephone number and email address (while not required, this information will expedite the processing of your request, should they need to contact you)

Step 3: VOTE!

You will receive your absentee ballot by mail at the mailing address you provide on the Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Once you receive your ballot:


  1. Fill out the ballot by darkening the corresponding ovals to the candidate/response you wish to vote for.*

  2. Seal the completed ballot in the provided envelope (addressed to DC Board of Elections) and attach postage[1] .*

  3. Sign the envelope with your full signature and the date (on the designated spaces).*

  4. Insert your envelope in your nearest post box or at your post-office OR deliver your ballot to a polling station.

*Complete instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included along with your ballot so refer to them first.

Your voted and mailed ballot 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. You can track the status of your absentee ballot on


Called DCBOE several times to get more specific information. Postage was included for the primaries but it is unclear whether it will be provided again.

Early Voting

Early voting is great if you want to vote in person while avoiding big crowds and long lines.

From October 19th, 2020 to October 30th qualified electors may register and cast ballots at One Judiciary Square. In-person absentee voting is available every day during this period. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

From October 23rd to October 30th 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.

Early voting locations

Ward 1:

  • Columbia Heights Community Center ---1480 Girard St NW Washington, DC 2009

  • Prince Hall Center for Performing Arts ---1000 U St NW Washington, DC  20001

Ward 2:

  • Hardy Middle School --- 1819 35th St NW Washington, DC  20007 United States

  • Capital One Sports Arena - Concourse Area ---  601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Ward 3:

  • University of the District of Columbia—4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

  • Omni Shoreham Hotel - Ballroom—2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Ward 4:

  • Ida B. Wells Middle School—405 Sheridan Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011

  • Emery Heights Community Center—5801 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011

Ward 5:

  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center—1100 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20017

  • Dock 5 @Union Market - Event Space—309 5th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Ward 6:

  • Washington Nationals Park—1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

  • Sherwood Recreation Center—640 10th Street, NE, Washington, DC

Ward 7:

  • Benning Stoddert Community Center—100 Stoddert Place, SE, Washington, DC 20019

  • Deanwood Community Center—1350 49th Street, NE , Washington, DC 20019

Ward 8:

  • Malcolm X Opportunity Center—351 Alabama Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20032

  • Ferebee-Hope Recreation Center - Gymnasium—3999 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032


For more information visit:

Mail ballot drop box locations

You may drop off your voted mail ballot in ANY Ballot Drop Box at ANY time, before 8:00 pm on Election Day, November 3, 2020.




  • Frank D. Reeves Center2000 14th Street, NW

  • Mt. Pleasant Library3160 16th Street, NW

  • Columbia Heights Shopping Center3100 14th Street, NW

  • Sun Trust Bank (Park Area)1800 Columbia Road, NW

  • Banneker Community Center2500 Georgia Avenue, NW




  • Georgetown Library3260 R Street, NW

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library901 G Street, NW

  • West End Library2301 L Street, NW

  • Stead Recreation Center1625 P Street, NW




  • Guy Mason Recreation Center3600 Calvert Street, NW

  • Chevy Chase Library5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW

  • Tenley-Friendship Library4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

  • Cleveland Park Library3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW

  • Palisades Library4901 V Street, NW

  • Second District Police Station3320 Idaho Avenue, NW




  • Takoma Metro327 Cedar Street, NN

  • Petworth Library4200 Kansas Avenue, NW

  • Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library7420 Georgia Avenue, NW

  • Fourth District Police Station6001 Georgia Avenue, NW

  • Lamond Recreation Center20 Tuckerman Street, NE




  • Woodridge Library1801 Hamlin Street, NE

  • UDC Community College @Backus5171 South Dakota Avenue, NE

  • Perry Street Prep Charter School1800 Perry Street, NE

  • Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center1299 Neal Street, NE

  • Dunbar High School101 N Street, NW

  • Union Market DC1309 5th Street, NE

  • Monroe Street Market (Outside of Busboys and Poets closer to curb)625 Monroe Street, NE

  • Rhode Island Place Shopping Center (Around the Giant Grocery Store area)1060 Brentwood Road NE




  • Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library1630 7th Street, NW

  • Northeast Library330 7th Street, NE

  • Rosedale Library1701 Gales Street, NE

  • Southwest Library425 M Street, SW

  • Eastern Market225 7th Street, SE

  • BOE Headquarters1015 Half Street, SE




  • Capital View Library5001 Central Avenue, SE

  • Deanwood Library1350 49th Street, NE

  • Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library3935 Benning Road, NE

  • Francis A. Gregory Library3660 Alabama Avenue, SE

  • Sixth District Police Station5002 Hayes Street, NE

  • Benning Ridge Service Center (DMV)4525 Benning Road, SE

  • Penn Branch Center (Backside Parking Lot)3202 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

  • Ridge Road Community Center830 Ridge Road, SE




  • Anacostia Library1800 Good Hope Road SE

  • Parklands-Turner Library1547 Alabama Avenue, SE

  • Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library115 Atlantic Street, SW

  • Seventh District Police Station2455 Alabama Avenue, SE

  • The ARC1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE

  • Department of Human Services2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE

  • Hendley Elementary School425 Chesapeake Street, SE

  • Patterson Elementary School4399 South Capitol Terrace, SW


For further information:

Election Day Voting

Election Day Vote Centers for the November 3 General Election will open Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day), from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.



  • WASHINGTON MET. H.S.- 300 Bryant Street, NW, Auditorium

  • CAPITOL HILL MONTESSORI@MEYER SCHOOL - 2500 14th Street, NW, Auditorium

  • RITA BRIGHT COMMUNITY CENTER - 2501 11th Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • MARIE REED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 2201 18th Street, NW, Cafeteria

  • H.D. COOKE ELEM SCHOOL - 2525 17th Street, NW, Multi-Purpose Room

  • COLUMBIA HEIGHTS E.C. - 3101 16th Street, NW, Auditorium

  • BANCROFT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 1755 Newton Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • GARRISON ELEM SCHOOL - 1200 S Street, NW, Multi-Purpose Room


  • THE SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS - 2130 G Street, NW,  Multi Purpose Room


  • DUKE ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL - 3500 R Street, NW, Gallery

  • REEVES MUNICIPAL CTR. - 2000 14th Street, NW, Rear Lobby

  • FOUNDRY UNITED CHURCH -1500 16th Street, NW, Community Room


  • PALISADES RECREATION CENTER - 5200 Sherier Place, NW, Gymnasium

  • HORACE MANN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 4430 Newark Streets, NW, Multi-Purpose Room

  • GUY MASON RECREATION CENTER - 3600 Calvert Street, NW, Lounge Area

  • OYSTER SCHOOL - 2801 Calvert Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • CLEVELAND PARK LIBRARY - 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW, Multi-Purpose Room

  • JANNEY SCHOOL - 4130 Albemarle Street, NW, Multi-Purpose Room

  • MURCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 4810 36th Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • CHEVY CHASE COMM. CTR. - 5601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Auditorium

  • CAPITOL MEMORIAL CHURCH - 3150 Chesapeake Street, NW, Fellowship Hall


  • M.P.D. R.O.C. NORTH - 801 Shepherd Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • POWELL SCHOOL - 1350 Upshur Street, NW, Multi-Purpose Room

  • RAYMOND RECREATION CENTER - 3725 10th Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 5701 Broad Branch Rd, NW, Multi-Purpose Room

  • BARNARD ELEM. SCHOOL - 430 Decatur Street, NW, Auditorium

  • SHEPHERD SCHOOL - 7800 14th Street, NW, Auditorium

  • TAKOMA EDUCATION CAMPUS - 7010 Piney Branch Rd, NW, Gymnasium

  • LAMOND RECREATION CTR. - 20 Tuckerman Street, NE, Gymnasium

  • LASALLE-BACKUS EDUCATION CAMPUS - 501 Riggs Road, NE, Auditorium

  • ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL - 2607 Military Road, NW, Gymnasium


  • UDC COMM. COLL. @BACKUS - 5171 South Dakota Ave., NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • BURROUGHS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 1820 Monroe Street, NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • NOYES E.C. - 2725 10th Street, NE, Auditorium

  • McKINLEY TECHNOLOGY H.S. - 151 T Street, NE, Gymnasium

  • JOSEPH H. COLE RECREATION CENTER - 1299 Neal Street, NE, Community Room

  • TRINIDAD RECREATION CTR. - 1310 Childress Street, NE, Gymnasium

  • MT. HOREB BAPTIST CHURCH - 3015 Earl Place, NE, Fellowship Hall

  • UKRAINIAN NATIONAL SHRINE - 4250 Harewood Road, NE, Shawel Room


  • WALKER-JONES E.C. - 1125 New Jersey Ave., NW, Gymnasium

  • KENNEDY RECREATION CENTER - 1401 7th Street, NW, Gymnasium

  • MINER ELEM. SCHOOL - 601 15th Street NE, Gymnasium

  • J.O. WILSON SCHOOL - 660 K Street, NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • STUART-HOBSON MIDDLE SCHOOL - 410 E Street, NE, Gymnasium

  • EASTERN MARKET - 225 7th Street, SE, North Hall

  • PAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 1445 C Street, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • WATKINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 420 12th Street, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • ARTHUR CAPPER COMMUNITY CENTER - 1000 5th Street, SE Gymnasium

  • JEFFERSON JR. H.S. - 801 7th Street, SW, Gymnasium


  • NATIONALS YOUTH BASKETBALL ACADEMY - 3675 Ely Place, SE, Training Space

  • BURRVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 801 Division Avenue, NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • KELLY MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL - 301 49th Street, NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • THOMAS  SCHOOL - 650 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • RIVER TERRACE EDUCATION CAMPUS - 420 34th Street, NE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • PLUMMER  SCHOOL - 4601 Texas Avenue, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • NALLE SCHOOL - 219 50th Street, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • RIDGE ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER - 830 Ridge Road, SE, Gymnasium

  • SOUSA MIDDLE SCHOOL - 3650 Ely Place, SE, Gymnasium

  • RANDLE-HIGHLANDS E.S. - 1650 30th Street, SE, Gymnasium

  • HILLCREST RECREATION CENTER - 3100 Denver Street, SE, Gymnasium

  • ST. TIMOTHY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 3601 Alabama Ave, SE, Multi-Purpose Room




  • BALD EAGLE RECREATION CENTER - 100 Joliet Street, SW, Gymnasium

  • MOTEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -1565 Morris Road, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • BARRY FARMS RECREATION CENTER - 1230 Sumner Road, SE, Gymnasium

  • BALLOU SENIOR H.S. - 3401 4th Street, SE, Gymnasium

  • HENDLEY SCHOOL - 425 Chesapeake Street, SE, Auditorium

  • BOONE SCHOOL (FORMERLY ORR) - 2200 Minnesota Avenue, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • ANACOSTIA SENIOR  H.S. - 1601 16th Street, SE, Gymnasium

  • ALLEN A.M.E. CHURCH - 2498 Alabama Avenue, SE, Multi-Purpose Room

  • COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH 3845 South Capitol, SW, Church Hall

  • UNION TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH -1225 W Street, SE, Church Hall

Same day registration

If you are not registered to vote, you may do so at the polling place that serves your residence address providing that you show acceptable proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:

  • Current and valid District of Columbia DMV issued ID

  • Government check or paycheck*

  • Bank statement*

  • Current utility bill*

  • Student housing statement/tuition bill

  • Homeless shelter occupancy statement

  • Lease

  • Other government document


* The issue, bill, or statement date must be within 90 days of Election Day

Can you still vote without proof of residence?


YES: If you do not provide an acceptable proof of residence, you will be required to vote a Special Ballot and will have until 5:00 pm on the Thursday following Election Day to present acceptable proof of residence to the Board in order to have your Special Ballot counted.

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