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An Emergency Absentee Ballot is made available on the sixth day leading up to an election. You can do this only within the six (6) days preceding an election and on Election Day. Your ballot must be returned by 8:00 pm on Election Day.
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Is there a way for me to vote if I experience a health crisis shortly before an election?
If you are unable to vote in-person at an Early Voting Center or on Election Day, you may be able to request an Emergency Absentee Ballot.
An Emergency Absentee Ballot is made available on the sixth day leading up to an election. You must meet certain criteria to request this ballot from the Board. To vote an Emergency Absentee Ballot, you must fill out an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application. This form is available at the Board’s office at 1015 Half Street, SE, Suite 750 and can be downloaded from the Board’s website.
An Emergency Absentee Ballot must be delivered and returned by a qualified registered voter. Any registered voter can complete the necessary forms with you to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you, and return your voted ballot to the Board’s office or to any polling place. You can do this only within the six (6) days preceding an election and on Election Day. Your ballot must be returned by 8:00 pm on Election Day.
Can I vote if I live in a nursing home, hospital, or other facility?
Yes. You can vote in-person or by Absentee Ballot, as described above. Alternatively, if you are living at a licensed District of Columbia nursing home, assisted living facility, or federal medical center, you may register to vote, request an Absentee Ballot, and have your ballot hand-delivered by a Board employee to your facility or bedside. Please contact your nursing home administrator immediately if you would like to request an Absentee Ballot.