How to Vote in Washington, DC in 2018


Hello DC, If you want to vote in the November
general election, first you need to be registered. You can check if you’re already registered
using the link in the description. If you still need to register, there’s a
link in the description where you can register
online if you have a valid DC driver’s license. If you don’t have one, you’ll use the
same registration link, but at the end you’ll have to print it out and mail it in or sign
it electronically and submit it by email. Whether you’re registering online or by
mail, you’ve gotta do it by October 16th
to vote in the November election. If you miss the deadline though, don’t panic. You can register in person at your polling
place during early voting or on election day. You’ll just need to bring a proof of address,
like a recent bank statement or utility bill, a tuition bill, or a lease with your name
and address on it. So once you’re registered, you get to vote. One of the easiest ways to do it is to vote
absentee by mail. If you want the convenience of voting without
even having to leave your house, you should request an absentee ballot by filling out
the form in the link below by October 30th. Then, you just wait for your ballot to show
up in the mail, fill it out, and send it back
by November 6th. You can also vote early in person from October
27th through November 5th. Early voting centers are all open from 8:30am
to 7pm every day, and there’s a link to where you can find an early voting center
near you below. If you really want the experience of voting
on election day, you can find out where you need
to go to vote using the link in the description. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. You may be asked to show an ID, especially
if this is your first time voting in DC or you’re registering at the polls, so bring
any kind of photo ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck with your
name and address on it. If you want to see everything that’s going
to be on the ballot ahead of time, you can look on the app or to the link below and look
at a sample ballot. You don’t have to vote for every item on
the ballot if you don’t want to, but it gives you a chance to research the candidates
for your local elections ahead of time so you’re not surprised when you get to the
voting booth. You can even print your sample ballot, fill
it out, and bring it to the polls with you so
you can remember how you want to vote. One last thing: if you’re going to vote
– open up your notes app or grab a piece
of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to
register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re
going to use if you need one, even who you’re
going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure
that nothing unexpected stops you from voting
on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration
and polling location will be in the description. Thank you for voting.

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