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VRM in the States: Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. currently has the Online Registration and Same Day Registration components of Voter Registration Modernization in place.

Published: March 9, 2017

In Novem­ber 2016, the DC Coun­cil unan­im­ously passed an auto­matic voter regis­tra­tion bill that became law in Febru­ary 2017. Eligible citizens will be registered to vote through the DMV unless they decline regis­tra­tion. Learn more about auto­matic regis­tra­tion here.

This effort is part of a trend of state govern­ments advan­cing auto­matic regis­tra­tion. In March 2015, Oregon became the first state to pass a law to auto­mat­ic­ally register eligible citizens when they inter­act with the DMV. Cali­for­niaWest VirginiaVermont, Connecti­cut, and Alaska all followed, author­iz­ing auto­matic regis­tra­tion between 2015 and 2016.

Prior Advances in Voter Regis­tra­tion Modern­iz­a­tion

This reform builds upon DC’s exist­ing voter regis­tra­tion modern­iz­a­tion efforts:

  • Online Voter Regis­tra­tion: DC launched online voter regis­tra­tion through the Board of Elec­tions in 2015. Eligible citizens can use the system to register to vote or update their regis­tra­tion inform­a­tion even if they do not have a state driver’s license or non-driver ID.
  • Elec­tion Day Regis­tra­tion: DC imple­men­ted Elec­tion Day regis­tra­tion in 2010. Indi­vidu­als may register and vote at the polls on Elec­tion Day and any early voting center during the early voting period.