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The primary election is June 4. This is when voters affiliated with particular parties choose their candidates for office in the general election.

The general election takes place Nov. 5 and will involve the candidates selected by each party and those running as independents. However, DC is largely a blue city, so the primary elections often function as the main event.

As of May 5, 2024, all residents over 18 who have lived in DC for 30 days can register to vote in local elections, provided they are not registered to vote or claim residence in another country  It does not matter how they entered the U.S. This year, noncitizen residents can vote for councilmembers (at-large and in ward of residence) but cannot vote in federal elections.

Voters who registered as a Republican, Democrat or DC Statehood Green by May 14 are eligible to vote in their party primaries. Registered independents do not vote in the primary. The DC Board of Elections (DCBOE) started mailing ballots to voters on April 29. Voters can mail them back immediately and track them online (https://votedc.ballottrax.net/voter/), but they must be postmarked by June 4 and received by June 14.

Alternatively, ballot drop boxes are set to open May 10 and will accept ballots until 8:00 p.m. on June 4.

Early voting takes place in person between May 26 and June 2 (except Memorial Day, May 27), from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at any of 25 vote centers. 75 centers will be open on primary election day (June 4) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voters do not have to go to any particular voting center. A full list of early and day-of-voting centers is at https://www.dcboe.org/voters/find-out-where-to-vote/vote-center-locator-tool.

A registered voter will not need any particular identification to vote, except at same-day voter registration, when proof of residence will be required. That can include a DC-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license or REAL ID), a government check or paycheck, a bank statement, a current utility bill, a lease or any official document that includes the voter’s name and current District address.

Those who are incarcerated, regardless of the offense, can vote. If they are under court supervision or residing at a halfway house after release, they can vote. Residents who received a mailed absentee ballot, and were released from incarceration before it arrived, may vote at any voting center during early voting or at any voting center on Election Day. Upon release, they should contact the Board of Elections to make any updates to their mailing address.

DCBOE usually posts results for mail and early in-person voting shortly after polling places close on Election Day, followed by the day-of results. But nothing is official until results are certified, tentatively scheduled for July 3.

Limited races: DC Councilmembers for Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8; ward-based committee members of the DC Democratic State Committee.

Citywide races: DC Councilmember At-Large, Delegate to the House of Representatives, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Presidential Preference.

Find out more about the June primaries by visiting www.dcboe.org/Elections/2024-Elections.

Mail Ballot Drop Box Locations:


Capital View Library
5001 Central Ave. SE

Deanwood Library
1350 49th St. NE

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE

Francis A. Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Ave. SE

Sixth District Police Station
5002 Hayes St. NE

Benning Ridge Service Center (DMV)
4525 Benning Rd. SE

Penn Branch Center (Backside Parking Lot)
3202 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Ridge Road Community Center
830 Ridge Rd. SE

Rosedale Library
1701 Gales St. NE


Anacostia Library
1800 Good Hope Rd. SE

Parklands-Turner Library
1547 Alabama Ave. SE

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library
115 Atlantic St. SW

Seventh District Police Station
2455 Alabama Ave. SE

1901 Mississippi Ave. SE

Department of Human Services
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Hendley Elementary School
425 Chesapeake St. SE

Patterson Elementary School
4399 South Capitol Terrace SW

Fort Stanton Recreation Center
1812 Erie St. SE

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