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The District of Columbia allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote anytime before an election.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: The District of Columbia allows you to use this form for registration. It must be submitted by the registration deadline.
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
Block 4: Date of Birth
Enter your valid D.C. Driver's License number, the last four
digits of your Social Security number, OR your voter
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow the District of Columbia to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 7: Complete street address of your D.C. voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. This address
must be within the District of Columbia where you claim
legal voting residence.
Block 8: Complete address where you want your ballot
sent, usually where you live now.
Block 9: Provide any information that may assist the local
election official in accepting this ballot or application.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
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The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
If you choose to mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, you must send it to:
The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics
441 4th Street, N.W. Suite 250 North Washington, D.C. 20001-2745
If you choose to fax, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics at: 202-347-2648. You may also use our toll-free fax service:
Inside the U.S.? Fax to: 1-800-368-8683 (703)-693-5527 DSN 223-5527
Outside the U.S.? Show me a list of toll-free fax numbers
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If you choose to email, email the signed, scanned form directly to your local election official. The email address is email@example.com. You may also use our Electronic Transmission Service by sending the form as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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District of Columbia
More Information on the District of Columbia's Absentee Voting Guidelines
District of Columbia Election website
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Last updated: 09.19.2013