Where and when can I vote?
You have three choices of where to cast your ballot:
Option #1: At the Polls
This option is best for:
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Voting hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To find your polling place, click here.
If you have moved or plan to register to vote on the day of the election, you must go to the polling place that serves your current address. If you need to register or update your registration at the polls, you should bring proof of residence.
Any voter who is standing in line when the polls close will be permitted to cast a ballot. Click here for information on how to cast your ballot, including options that are available to senior citizens, voters with disabilities and voters who require language assistance.
Option #2: By Mail
This option is best for:
- VOTERS WHO ARE OUT OF TOWN
- ANY VOTER WHO PREFERS TO VOTE FROM HOME
- VOTERS OBSERVING PASSOVER RESTRICTIONS ON APRIL 26
You do not have to be out of town, or ill, or provide any other reason to request a ballot by mail. However, the Board must receive your absentee ballot request in writing by April 19, one week before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you can still vote absentee in person at the Board’s office.
Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day. If you prefer, you can drop off your absentee ballot at any polling place or at the Board on Election Day.
You can request an absentee ballot here.
You can track the status of your absentee ballot here.
For more information on how to cast your ballot by mail, click here.
Option #3: Absentee in Person
This option is best for voters who will be out of town or observing Passover restrictions on April 26, who find their polling place inconvenient on Election Day, or who simply want to vote early but:
- HAVE MISSED THE APRIL 19 DEADLINE TO REQUEST A BALLOT BY MAIL
- WANT TO USE A TOUCH SCREEN VOTING MACHINE
- FIND IT CONVENIENT TO VOTE AT ONE JUDICIARY SQUARE
- NEED TO REGISTER OR UPDATE THEIR REGISTRATION
You can request and cast an absentee ballot in person at the Board’s office at:
One Judiciary Square (map)
441 4th Street NW, Suite 250 North
Monday, April 11 – Monday, April 25
Voting hours: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday
The office is open from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 and Sunday, April 24 and will close at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 25.
The Board of Elections and Ethics is located in a secure government building. Voters will be required to enter through a metal detector and may need to wait in line before signing in, but will not be required to show identification.
For the special election, in-person voting at the Board’s office is only available by absentee ballot.. Paper ballots will be placed in an envelope for later counting. Touch screen voting equipment will be available, however, and new voters can complete a same-day registration.
DC Board of Elections and Ethics
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 727-2525 | TTY: (202) 639-8916 | Tollfree: 1-866-DC-VOTES