The DC Board of Elections is going to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every registered voter in DC this fall. In preparation for that, they recently sent a mailer to check addresses that many citizens found a bit confusing.
- If you received your BoE mailer and the information on it was correct, you do not need to do anything.
- If you received your BoE mailer and there was incorrect information - the person it was addressed to no longer lives there, you'd prefer your ballot be sent somewhere else - DO NOT detach the two pieces. Write the corrected information where indicated, fold the card so that information you wrote is on the inside and the BOE return address is on the outside, tab-tape the cards together at the bottom, and drop it in any mailbox.
- If you did NOT receive your BoE mailer, immediately visit https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status to check your registration status and, as necessary, update it per the directions on that webpage: download, complete, and mail back the Voter Registration Application.
What else can you do?
While we will all be getting mail ballots - and we should all plan to return them as early as possible to reduce the load on the US Postal Service - DC is going to have polling places open, and the Board of Elections will need poll workers. Many of our most dedicated and experienced poll workers are our senior neighbors, and it's not safe for them to work the polls during the pandemic. If you're in a lower-risk demographic category, please consider volunteering to help on November 3. Information and application are available at: https://www.dcboe.org/Poll-Workers/Apply-to-be-an-Election-Day-Worker.
Don't delay! Your vote is your voice - make sure YOUR voice is heard.