District Voting Rights and Information
Election season is upon us! Are you 18 or older? Or will you be 18 on or by June 2, 2020? If you answered yes to either of those questions, make your voice heard and go vote!
WHO CAN VOTE?
The District of Columbia’s primary election is Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and the special election for Ward 2 is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. You are eligible to vote in the District’s June primary if you are:
- a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the District;
- at least 17 years old and will be 18 by June 2, 2020; and
- registered with one of the four parties that are eligible to conduct a primary.
You are ineligible to vote in the District if you:
- claim voting residence in another state;
- have resided in the District less than 30 days immediately prior to the election; or
- are currently incarcerated for a felony or if you have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote.
WHEN CAN YOU VOTE?
Early voting has begun! All eligible voters can cast their ballots remotely or in person for the June 2, 2020 primary and the June 16, 2020 special elections. Mail-in ballots must be post-marked and sent on or before each Election Day. You will be able to track the status of your absentee (mail-in) ballot here.
For those interested in voting in person, twenty vote centers will be open on Election Day, June 2, 2020. Voting centers are open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm. In-person voting for the June 16, 2020 special election begins June 12 through election day. Voters will be expected to wear masks at all voting centers.
Despite a District-wide curfew starting at 7:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020, you are exempt from the curfew if you are voting or participating in election activities. After your election activities are complete, you should promptly go home, to comply with the curfew.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Voting rights matter! As an eligible District voter, you have the right to:
- Be treated with courtesy and respect by election officials.
- Register and vote free from discrimination, intimidation, threat or coercion.
- Learn whether your voter registration application has been accepted or rejected.
- Receive instruction from election officials on how to cast your ballot.
- Inspect a sample ballot and other information posted in a polling place.
- Bring voter information materials into the booth.
- Vote privately and independently.
- Vote in an accessible polling place with accessible equipment.
- Receive language access (including ASL).
- Ask for and receive assistance from anyone you choose (other than a poll watcher, observer, your employer, or an officer from your union).
- Have a ballot brought to your vehicle if you are age 65 or older or have a disability.
- Bring resources inside that will help you manage your disability.
- Vote by special ballot if your eligibility to vote is in question.
- Learn why your special ballot was or was not counted.
- Receive up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake.
- Vote if you are in line at the time the polls close.
Exercise your right to vote and make your voice heard: your vote matters! For more information, please visit: https://www.dcboe.org/FAQS/Election-Day