Healthy Voting in the District of Columbia

For the November 3, 2020 general election in the District of Columbia

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • All active voters are mailed a ballot.

  • Early voting locations are open before Election Day.

  • Limited polling locations are open on Election Day.

  • Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Deadline to return your ballot
Postmarked by Election Day, November 3 and received by November 10 for mailed ballots
OR
Delivered by Election Day, November 3 at 8:00 pm to a drop-off location.

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

Active voters are mailed a ballot.

If you didn't receive your ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At an early voting location.
  • At your elections office.
  • At a polling place on Election Day.

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...

  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • Seal inner and outer envelopes.

  • You don't need a stamp because postage is pre-paid.

  • Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.

Healthy tips for voting by mail in the District of Columbia

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going on Election Day itself. Early voting methods vary, so check the options available in your area.

October 27 through November 2, vote centers are open for early voting from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

  • You can drop off your ballot at all early voting locations.

Healthy tips for early voting in the District of Columbia

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Vote centers are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

  • You can drop off your ballot at all Election Day voting locations.
  • Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in the District of Columbia

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

How to find your accessible options for the November 3, 2020 general election in the District of Columbia.

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.


Accessible voting by mail in the District of Columbia

If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.

For the November 3, 2020 general election in the District of Columbia:

Some elections offices offer accessible ballot marking tools for voters who cannot mark a vote-by-mail ballot without assistance. These tools let you download a ballot that you can mark on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology. You then print and return the ballot by mail or in-person. Check with your local elections office for information.

Accessible voting in person

For the November 3, 2020 general election in the District of Columbia:

    Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.

    Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election website for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.

    If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.

    Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

    Other accessible voting options

    Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

    • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
    • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
    • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
    • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

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