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D.C. early voting starts on Oct. 22

It lasts through Nov. 2 and same-day registration is available

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If Taylor Swift has inspired you to register to vote, the time is nigh in the District. The main deadline for registering to cast a ballot in the general election scheduled for Nov. 6 is next Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to the D.C. Board of Elections (DCBOE). Early voting will launch soon after that, on Oct. 22, and it will last through Nov. 2, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Hopeful voters can submit their registration applications via mail, DCBOE’s website, and its mobile app. But if you miss or aren’t able to make the Oct. 16 deadline, you can still register during the early voting period or on Election Day. DCBOE requires that people who apply at voting sites provide proof of District residency, which can be demonstrated with a valid D.C. driver’s license or resident ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, or check, among other documents. “Recent” is defined as no earlier than Aug. 6, 2018, 90 days before Election Day.

Early voting and same-day registration are available from Oct. 22 through Nov. 2 at the One Judiciary Square (441 4th St. NW) polling place. They’re also available from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2 at “satellite” early voting locations, with at least one in each ward of D.C. Per DCBOE:

On Election Day (Nov. 6), the District will operate more than 140 polling places, although some have changed since the 2016 general election. Contests are being held for mayor, congressional delegate, attorney general, D.C. Council chairman, at-large councilmember (two of the four seats are up), Ward 1 councilmember, Ward 3 councilmember, Ward 5 councilmember, Ward 6 councilmember, shadow senator, shadow representative, state board of education representative (four of the nine seats—in Wards 1, 3, 5, and 6—are up), and advisory neighborhood commissioner (dozens are running in these hyperlocal races).

Because D.C. is a heavily Democratic city, many of the races for the most powerful seats (mayor, Council chairman, and various councilmembers) were effectively settled in the June Democratic primary. But one of the at-large councilmember races, over a seat designated for registered Independents on account of a quirk of District election law, continues to heat up.