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How to Register to Vote in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia



    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:

    • The Department of Motor Vehicles
    • The Department of Corrections
    • The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
    • The Office of Aging
    • The Department of Parks and Recreation
    • The Department of Human Services

    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:

    • Your county board of elections
    • The State Board of Elections
    • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    • The Department of Social Services
    • The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
    • Offices on Aging
    • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office
    • All public institutions of higher education
    • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
    • Marriage license offices
    • Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.
    • You can also register online or by mail using Maryland's Online Voter Registration System or by printing an application from the website and mailing it in by Oct. 16.


    Voter registration in Virginia closes Oct. 15. Check your status. If you're not registered, you can do so in several places:

    • Local voter registration office
    • State or local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services
    • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities
    • Armed forces recruitment offices
    • Public libraries
    • State Board of Elections office
    • Department of Motor Vehicles offices

    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).