Vote at the Library
DC Public Library wants to make sure that you are voter ready for the 2020 Election!
- The first week of October: All registered D.C. voters will receive a mail ballot.
- Oct. 1-3: Mail-in ballot boxes will be installed at locations around the city
- Oct. 13: Deadline to register to vote
- Oct. 21: If you have not received your mail-in ballot, plan to vote in person
- Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Early voting period, early vote centers open from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 3: Election Day, all voting centers will open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Register to Vote
Still need to register to vote? Visit the DC Board of Elections website to learn how. Tuesday, Oct. 13 is the voter registration deadline.
After Oct. 13, you can register to vote at any early vote center during early voting or any vote center on Election Day. You will need to bring proof of residence. That can include a D.C.-issued ID, or a government check or paycheck, a bank statement, a current utility bill, a lease, or any official document that includes your name and current D.C. address.
Need to check your voter registration? Click here.
Voting by Mail
All registered voters on or before October 13, 2020 will receive a mail ballot during the first week of October. It’s your choice to vote by mail or in person, but you can only choose one.
If you choose to vote by mail, you can mail your completed ballot – postage has been prepaid. The ballot envelope must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov 3) and received no later than 10 days after the election to be counted.
You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting site between Tuesday, Oct. 27 – Monday, Nov. 2, at a polling place on Election Day, or in one of the ballot drop boxes across the city. Ballot boxes will be installed between Oct. 1-3. Ballot boxes will be outside, safe and secure, and emptied daily. You may drop off your completed mail-in ballot in any ballot drop box at any time before 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Here is a list of Mail-In Ballot Drop Box DC Public Library Locations:
Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Neighborhood Library
Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Neighborhood Library
Capitol View Neighborhood Library
Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
Deanwood Neighborhood Library
Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library
Georgetown Neighborhood Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
Northeast Neighborhood Library
Northwest One Neighborhood Library
Palisades Neighborhood Library
Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library
Petworth Neighborhood Library
Rosedale Neighborhood Library
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library
Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Neighborhood Library
Southeast Neighborhood Library
Southwest (Interim) Neighborhood Library
Takoma Park Neighborhood Library
Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
West End Neighborhood Library
Woodridge Neighborhood Library
Click here for a complete list of all ballot box drop-off locations throughout the city.
The early voting period will be from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, 2020. There will be 32 early voting locations across the city. You can vote at any of the early voting centers and do not have to vote at a site in your ward. Early voting centers will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to view the early voting centers.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. There will be 95 vote centers throughout the city. Unlike previous elections, where your address is linked to your polling place, anyone can vote at any of the vote centers across the city. All vote centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. As long as you are in line before polls close, you will be allowed to vote.
DC Public Library Vote Center: Cleveland Park Library
*Cleveland Park Library will be closed to the public on Election Day.
Click here for a list of all Election Day vote centers.
What’s on the Ballot?
All D.C. voters will be choosing a U.S. president and vice president, a delegate to Congress, two At-Large members of the D.C. Council, a shadow senator and shadow representative, an At-Large member of the State Board of Education, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Voters living in wards 2, 4, 7, and 8 will also be choosing their members of the council and of the board of education. All voters will also be asked to approve or reject Initiative 81, which if passed would make enforcement of laws against magic mushrooms and psychedelic plants a lower police priority.
Do I need an ID to vote in D.C.?
If you’re already a registered voter, you don’t need to provide a form of ID to vote. However, if you’re doing same-day voter registration, you’ll need to bring proof of residence. That can include a D.C.-issued ID, or a government check or paycheck, a bank statement, a current utility bill, a lease, or any official document that includes your name and current D.C. address.
Voting is accessible to all, explore these resources for additional assistance.
- REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power
- ASL Voter Hotline
- National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
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