First of all, YES, YOU CAN STILL VOTE IN PERSON. But many of us would prefer not to because of the pandemic, and the DC Board of Elections has gone above and beyond to provide options.
Here's a run-down of the situation:
- The Board of Elections is automatically mailing absentee ballots to every registered voter.
- Those ballots have started arriving.
- If you're going to vote by mail, you can send your ballot back through the USPS, no stamp required.
- You can also fill out your mail ballot and put it in one of the BOE's secure drop boxes. All the drop box locations are on the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites.
- The last official day to register to vote is October 13 (THAT'S TOMORROW). Get registration information at the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Register-to-Vote.
- After October 13, you can still register, but you will have to register and vote in person.
- If your absentee ballot does not arrive il the mail by October 21, you should plan to vote in person.
- Early voting opens October 27. All the early voting locations are on the BOE website: https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org.
- A list of all the election day precincts is also available on the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Election-Day-Vote-Centers.
- Due to the pandemic, any voter in DC can vote at any in-person voting location.
- If you decide to use your mailed ballot to vote, whether you send it back via the USPS or put it in a secure drop box, the BOE has a ballot tracker you can register with to be updated about the status of your ballot: https://votedc.ballottrax.net/voter/.
Our CM Charles Allen has also summarized this information on his website at: http://www.charlesallenward6.com/how_to_vote.
Editor's note: I put my own ballot in the Northeast Library secure drop box and registered fro the ballot tracker app on Monday, October 5. I got the notification that my ballot had been received by the BoE on Saturday, October 10.