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How to Vote Early or Request an Absentee Ballot in DC, Maryland and Virginia



    How to Vote Early or Request an Absentee Ballot in DC, Maryland and Virginia
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    ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 18: Voters cast ballots during the early voting period at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center on October 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Early voting started in Georgia on October 15th. Georgia's Gubernatorial election is a close race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican candidate Brian Kemp. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

    Election Day is just two weeks away, but if you can't make it to the polls on Nov. 6, you have some other options. 

    Enter your address in our Voter Information Tool to find your polling place and learn about what's on your ballot:


    Here's how to vote early or by absentee ballot in D.C., Maryland and Virginia:

    Washington, D.C.

    Early voting began at 8:30 a.m. Monday at One Judiciary Square, the downtown office building that houses the D.C. Board of Elections. Thirteen other early-voting locations around the city will open Friday.

    Early voting polling stations will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Early voting ends Nov. 2. 

    Voters in D.C. can also request an absentee ballot, but the Board of Elections must receive the absentee ballot by Oct. 30. 


    Early voting in Maryland will be held from Oct. 25 until Nov. 1. Anyone who is eligible to register to vote can vote, according to the Board of Elections. 

    A full list of polling places can be found on the board of elections' website here, and sample ballots can be found here

    Absentee ballots can be requested until Oct. 30 if you want to receive a ballot by mail. If you want to download your ballot, you have until Nov. 2.

    Your absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before Election day, and received by 10 a.m. Nov. 16 to be counted. 


    Virginia voters have just over a week left to request an absentee ballot to complete by mail. 

    The state doesn't have early voting but allows absentee voting if you can't make it to the polls on Election Day for a variety of reasons. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. Oct. 30. You can do so online or by contacting or visiting a registrar's office. 

    Absentee ballots must be returned to your local general registrar's office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 6. 

    Voters can also complete an absentee ballot in person through Nov. 3. 

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