All You Need To Know About Early Voting in the DMV

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Early voting opened Friday, June 8th in DC. The DC primary election will be held on June 19.The Virginia and Maryland Primary elections will be held June 12 and June 26, respectively. Here is everything you need to know on how to vote early.

DC:

There are nine places in the DC area where voters can cast their ballot early. Voting places will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can vote at any of the locations regardless of which ward you live in as well. Early voting ends June 15th.

See here to view all the voting locations.

Anyone who is registered to vote in DC may cast their ballot early. Those who aren’t registered yet may still vote early by completing the same day voter registration. Voters will need to show proof of their D.C. residence to cast a live ballot.

According to the DC Board of Elections, voters can show proof by bringing in either a copy of a current and valid D.C. DMV-issued ID, government check or paycheck, bank statement, current utility bill, student housing statement/tuition bill, homeless shelter occupancy statement, lease or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

In the District, voters do not need an excuse to vote early, unlike in states such as Virginia.

Since DC typically holds closed primary elections, you may only vote if you are a registered Democrat, Republican, Statehood Green or Libertarian. For those voters, the contests during this cycle include mayor; attorney general; D.C. Council chairman; an At-Large seat on the Council; Council seats for wards 1, 3, 5, and 6; a shadow representative and shadow senator; D.C.’s delegate to Congress; and national and local party committee seats.

If you are registered as an independent, you may only vote on initiative 77, which if approved, would phase out the tipped wage system.

Maryland: 

Early voting in Maryland begins June 14 and continues throughout June 21. Each voting center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.  Absentee ballots can be requested until June 19.

The Maryland State Board of Elections prohibits taking electronics, including cellphones and computers, into early voting centers or polling places. Voters are allowed to bring in voter guides or other printed materials.

For Maryland’s polling places, see here.

The races include governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, state and U.S. senators, and county executives.

Virginia:

For Virginia’s June primary elections, the deadline to register to vote passed May 21. In-person absentee voting began April 27 and ended Saturday, June 9. Unfortunately, if you haven’t registered for an absentee ballot, the deadline for those passed as well on June 5. However, Virginia’s registered voters still have the chance to cast their ballot in the primaries this year on June 12. Polling places will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

See here to view the candidates list.

Registered voters must go to the Virginia Department of Elections website to find their polling place.

Virginia law requires proof of a valid photo ID at the polls. The same applies to those voting in-person absentee. To view the acceptable forms of ID, see here.

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