Election Day Voting Guide: Find Your Polling Place, Times & More

Election Day is just one day away. 

And while you may know who you will cast your vote for, there is some important information you need to keep in mind as you head to your polling place Tuesday. 

Below you will find where to find your polling place, what you need to bring and who to call if you encounter a problem.

What You Need to Bring

In the District:
While registered D.C. voters do not need to show a photo ID to vote, first time voters will need to show proof of residency if it was not apart of their voter registration via mail. Voters who register on Election Day at the polls will also need to show proof of residency. 

Voters can show proof of residency with valid photo identification, a copy of a current utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck or a government document showing the voter’s name and address.

In Maryland:
First time voters may be required to show ID. If so, a Maryland driver's license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card will do.

In Virginia:
In Virginia voters are required to show photo identification at their polling place. Acceptable forms of ID are a driver’s license, a DMV veteran’s ID Card, U.S. passport, a tribal ID, a valid Virginia university, college or school ID, a valid employee identification card or another government issued ID. Click here for a full list of accepted identification.

If you forget your ID, you can still vote with a provisional ballot, but a copy of the voter’s ID must be sent to their local electoral board by Monday, Nov. 14 for their vote to count.

Where To Cast Your Vote

There are so many places to vote in the DMV. On Election Day schools, churches and community centers transform into polling sites to cast your ballot. D.C. has a full list of their 143 polling places on their Board of Elections website. Maryland and Virginia voters can search their address and find polling places close to home.

Voting Hours

Long lines were an issue at some early voting sites. Make sure to block out enough time in your schedule to vote on Election Day. Here are the hours for polling places in your area:

  • Washington, D.C.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Maryland: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Virginia: 6 a.m. 7 p.m.

Have a Problem? Here's Who to Call

If you have any questions about voting, run into a problem at the polls or think you are a victim of voter intimidation, you can call the Voter Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA for Spanish. You can also contact your local boards of elections at the following numbers:

Washington, D.C.:
DC Board of Elections
202- 727-2525

Maryland State Board of Elections

Virginia Department of Elections
(804) 864-8901

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