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Everything you need to know to register and vote in Washington, DC

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Check your registration status: https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status

Register by mail: https://www.vote4dc.com/ApplyInstructions/Register

Register online: https://www.vote4dc.com/ApplyInstructions/Register

Request absentee ballot with printable form: https://www.dcboe.org/AbsenteeBallotRequest

Request absentee ballot online: https://www.vote4dc.com/AbsenteeApply/AbsenteeInfo

Find your polling location: https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Polling-Places

Find your sample ballot: https://www.dcboe.org/Community-Outreach/News

Campus Vote Project: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/stateguides/District-of-Columbia

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Hello DC!

If you want to vote in the November general election, first you need to be registered. You can check if you’re already registered using the link in the description.

If you still need to register, there’s also a link in the description where you can register online if you have a valid DC driver’s license. If you don’t have one, you’ll use the same registration link, but at the end you’ll have to print it out and mail it in or sign it electronically and submit it by email. If you’re registering online or by mail, you’ve gotta do it by October 13th to vote in the November election.

If you miss the deadline though, don’t panic. You can register in person at your polling place during early voting or on election day. You’ll just need to bring a proof of address, like a recent bank statement or utility bill, a tuition bill, or a lease, with your name and address on it.

So once you’re registered, you get to vote. One of the easiest ways to do it is to vote absentee by mail. If you want the convenience of voting without even having to leave your house, you should request an absentee ballot by filling out the form in the link below by October 27th.

Then, you just wait for your ballot to show up in the mail, fill it out, and send it back before November 3rd. You can also vote early in person from October 19th through November 2nd. Early voting centers are all open from am to 7pm every day, and there’s a link to where you can find an early voting center near you below.

If you really want the experience of voting on November 3rd, though, you can find out where you need to go to vote using the link in the description. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. You may be asked to show an ID if this is your first time voting in DC or you’re registering at the polls, so bring any kind of photo ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck with your name and address on it.

If you want to see everything that’s going to be on the ballot ahead of time, you can go to the link below and look at a sample ballot. You don’t have to vote for every item on the ballot for it to be counted, but it gives you a chance to research the candidates for your local elections ahead of time so you’re not surprised when you get to the voting booth. You can even take a screenshot or print out your sample ballot, fill it out, and bring it to the polls with you so you can remember how you wanna vote.

Before we go, if you want to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use if you need one, even who you’re gonna bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd.

All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description. Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.