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Elections & Voting in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

Voter Information and Guide to Elections

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Elections & Voting in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
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To participate in local, state and federal elections, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and registered to vote. Polling places are assigned based on residency. The District of Columbia is unique in that you may register to vote at the polling place on the day of the election (with a proof of residency). Since most voters cast their ballots before going to work or shortly before the polls close, the best time to vote and avoid lines is in the late morning or early afternoon. You no longer have to vote on Election Day in DC and Maryland. Read About Absentee Ballots and Early Voting.

Voter Registration

Voter registration varies from state to state, although deadlines are generally around 30 days prior to any election. Mail-in voter registration forms are available at libraries, community centers and other public buildings. You can also register to vote with your local board of elections:

DC Board of Elections & Ethics
Maryland State Board of Elections
Montgomery County Board of Elections
Virginia State Board of Elections
Alexandria Office of Voter Registration
Arlington County Registrars of Voters
Fairfax County Electoral Board & General Registrar

Political Parties

Although the Republican and the Democratic Parties dominate Washington, there are many third parties. Each state has its own local branch.

Washington, DC

Democratic Party
Republican Party
DC Statehood Green Party
Libertarian Party

Maryland

Democratic Party
Republican Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Reform Party

Virginia

Democratic Party
Republican Party
Constitution Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Reform Party

Voting Resources

• Project Vote Smart tracks the voting records for federal, state and local positions.
DCWatch is an on-line magazine that covers local city politics and public affairs in Washington, DC.
Polling Report is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts polls on issues and current events, public officials, institutions, organizations, and elections.

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