District of Columbia

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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary April 1, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration March 3, 2014 October 6, 2014
Ballot Request March 25, 2014 October 28, 2014
Ballot Return Postmarked by April 1, 2014 Received by April 11, 2014 Postmarked by November 4, 2014 Received by November 14, 2014

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections).

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in general elections but not in primary elections.

How can I submit my FPCA?

You may return your FPCA by mail, email or fax directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

Each year.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

You may request an absentee ballot by using the District's form available at www.dcboee.org or using the FPCA.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

You may return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail, email or fax.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

The District of Columbia allows you to use the FWAB for registration and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB any time before an election.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

Yes, at the same voting residence in the District of Columbia where a parent or guardian would be eligible to vote.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Please visit www.dcboee.org.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for any and all elections that fall within the election cycle in which the request was received, unless the voter requests absentee ballots for a different time period.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you are a registered non-partisan or undeclared and want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

Your sex is not required.

Your race is not required.

Your valid District of Columbia Driver's License number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number is required for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, the District of Columbia shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

The District of Columbia allows you to receive your blank ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your ballot will be mailed to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your District of Columbia 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 elections official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

The District of Columbia allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to D.C. Board of Elections, 441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 250 North, Washington, DC 20001-2745.

If you choose to email your FPCA, send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office at: uocava@dcboee.org.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to the D.C. Board of Elections at (202) 347- 2648.

You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, refer to the links at http://www.dcboee.org. The District of Columbia will contact you if your application is rejected.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

If the person is a U.S. citizen and has never lived in the U.S. but has a parent who is a qualified District of Columbia voter, this person will be eligible at the same voting residence in the District of Columbia where a parent or guardian would be eligible to vote.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be postmarked no later than the day of the election and must arrive no later than 10 days after the election.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. The District of Columbia allows you to return the voted ballot by mail, email or fax. Use the FPCA fax instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA."

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free
express mail service to your election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at http://www.dcboee.org.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The District of Columbia allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

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

Your date of birth is required.

Your sex is not required.

Your race is not required.

Enter your valid D.C. Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number OR your voter registration number.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation.

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

Enter your current mailing address.

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.

Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal or local office in a primary, special or general election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.dcboee.org. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation, or ballot measure choice. The District of Columbia does not elect representatives to the U.S. Senate, however, it does participate in the election of the President and a Delegate to the House of Representatives is elected. Two U.S. 'Shadow' Senators and one U.S. 'Shadow' Representative are also elected, whose offices are created by local law and who are not members of the United States Congress. 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.

How and where to submit your FWAB

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a registration form, ballot request form and voted ballot, it must be received by the local election office by the registration deadline.

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a ballot request form and voted ballot, it must be received by the local election office by the ballot request deadline.

If using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be received by the local election office by the ballot return deadline. If you receive the District of Columbia ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the District ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the District ballot will be counted.

The District of Columbia allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the form directly to:

D.C. Board of Elections
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001-2745

If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send the ballot as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, voter affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. Email directly to your local election office at: uocava@dcboee.org.

If you choose to fax your FWAB, it is recommended that you fax the FWAB directly to the D.C. Board of Elections at (202) 347- 2648. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Local election offices for all

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

All Mailing Address
All The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2745
Phone: 202-727-2525 Fax: 202-347-2648