I hope you are staying safe and well. The upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election will look different from any we’ve ever had in DC, and I want to make sure you know how to cast your ballot safely. Ballots are already arriving in mailboxes, so please review this important information on how to vote:
Important Dates to Remember
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I receive someone else’s ballot? Mark the outer envelope as “Return to Sender.” Don’t destroy another person’s mail.
What if I receive my mail-in ballot, but I want to vote in person? Bring your ballot with you or you can simply destroy your own mailed ballot.
How will I be able to track my mail-in ballot? Once ballots begin to be mailed out, the Board will provide a secure tracking feature on its website. Residents will be able to live-track their ballots as it moves through the US Postal Service system.
By what date should I plan to vote in person if I haven’t received a ballot? The Board recommends that if a voter hasn’t received a ballot in the mail by about October 21, they should make a plan to vote in person, preferably early during Election Week (October 27 – November 2).
What if I’m concerned about voting by mail, but don’t want to vote in person due to COVID risks? Bring your ballot to a secure Drop Box. Beginning October 5th, dozens of Drop Boxes will be located around the city. They are secure and modeled after many states and jurisdictions that have used Drop Boxes safely and securely for years. Ballots will be collected at least twice a day by the Board of Elections staff. This will be the quickest and easiest way to return your ballot if you prefer not to mail your ballot and want to avoid voting in person.
How many Vote Centers will be open during Election Week (October 27-November 2)? The Board will be opening 32 Vote Centers for Early Voting. Voters can vote at any Vote Center in the city, but there will be four Early Vote Centers in Ward 6 – Kennedy Recreation Center, Walker-Jones Education Campus, Sherwood Recreation Center, and Nationals Ballpark.
How many Vote Centers will be open on Election Day? The Board will be opening 90+ Election Day Vote Centers, four times the number open during the Primary Election, including several “Super Centers”. Super Centers are large locations, including Nationals Park and Capital One Arena, that can accommodate more voters at a time while maintaining social distancing. The hope is that by increasing the number of Vote Centers, we can avoid some of the long lines that we saw for the Primary. Voters can vote at any Vote Center.
Do I have to vote in my Ward or at a particular Vote Center? No. Voters can vote at any Vote Center during Election Week or on Election Day, regardless of where they live. Most people are accustomed to voting at their traditional precinct and that will not be required for this General Election. If you are going to vote in-person on Election Day, check the Board of Election’s map and make a plan about what location works best for you.
Do I need to bring ID with me to the polls? Registered voters do not need to present proof of residence to vote. If you will be registering during the Early Voting period or on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence in order to register and vote. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide proof of residence when registering, you will need to show proof of residence in order to cast a live (regular) ballot.
Thank you for making a plan to #VoteSafe in this important election. If you have any additional questions, please let me know, and keep wearing that mask!