Today is the last day for District residents to register by mail to vote in the Nov. 6 general election -- and deadlines for Maryland and Virginia are swiftly approaching. Here's what to do.
District of Columbia
Step one, check your status. If you're not registered, you have several options, some of which need to be taken by the end of the day today.
Register in person at one of the following D.C. agencies by close of business Oct. 9:
Register by mail or online: To register online, visit the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics website and fill out the application. Print it, sign it, and mail it to the following address with a postmark of today, Oct. 9:
D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 250 North
Washington, DC 20001
But! If you miss today's deadline, you can still register in person at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
Show up at the office of DCBOEE at One Judiciary Square before Oct.19. However, you won't be able change your party affiliation if you'd previously registered.
And if you completely blow the deadlines, you can still register on Election Day -- but you'll be voting with a special ballot on Nov. 6.
You'll also need some valid proof of residence, such as current and valid government photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
Voter registration closes in Maryland on Oct. 16. First, check your status. If you're not registered, much like D.C., you can do so at several locations:
Voter registration in Virginia closes Oct. 15. Check your status. If you're not registered, you can do so in several places:
You can also register by mail by pulling up the voter registration application online, printing it out, and mailing it to your local voter registration office (addresses are listed on the application by county).