What Every Voter Should Know

Voter Assistance

DCBOE provides numerous voting options for senior citizens and people with disabilities. On Election Day, senior citizens and people with disabilities can vote in-person at their assigned polling place, where Voter Assistance Clerks will be present to help. In addition to in-person voting, DCBOE offers:

Curbside voting

If you are unable to enter a polling place on Election Day due to a disability, seniority, or illness, you may arrange to vote from your car. 

Early Voting 

You can cast your ballot at any Early Voting Center using the Board’s accessible touchscreen voting equipment. The touchscreen offers a voter-verifiable paper audit trail of all votes cast. Each voter will be checked in at the Early Voting Center using electronic pollbooks that are connected over a secure network so that a voter cannot check-in and cast a ballot at more than one (1) location. 

Absentee Voting

D.C. offers “no excuse” absentee voting. Please contact the Board during each election season to find out the deadline to request your Absentee Ballot. Voted and mailed ballots must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day to be counted.  Ballots can be mailed or delivered in-person to DCBOE offices, dropped off at any Early Voting Center until the published deadline, or dropped off at any polling place on Election Day. To request an Absentee Ballot, download, print, sign, and mail an Absentee Ballot Application to the Board. 

NOTE: Even though the instructions for the form indicate you “must” print and sign, if you are unable to print, sign, and/or scan the form, save the completed form as a pdf and email it to DCabsentee@dcboe.org

Transfer your ballot

If you do not believe your polling site is accessible for your specific disability, you may transfer your ballot to another polling site. Contact DCBOE at least seven (7) days before Election Day to request a transfer.