VOTE: Election 2020
District Of Columbia
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

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7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in District Of Columbia?
Yes, you can! Voting by mail is the default in Washington, D.C.

How do I get my ballot?
Every registered District Of Columbia voter will automatically be mailed a ballot—no need to request one.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 3) and received within 7 days

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 27

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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District of Columbia State Board of Education At-large

Biography

Jacque Patterson is an at-large member of the District of Columbia State Board of Education. He assumed office on January 2, 2021. His current term ends on January 2, 2025.

Patterson ran for election for an at-large seat of the District of Columbia State Board of Education. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Initiatives

Washington
D.C., Initiative 81, Entheogenic Plants and Fungus Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported this ballot initiative to:

* declare that police shall treat the non-commercial cultivation, distribution, possession, and use of entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities and

*define entheogenic plants and fungi as species of plants and fungi that contain ibogaine, dimethyltryptamine, mescaline, psilocybin, or psilocyn.

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A "no" vote opposed this ballot initiative to declare that police shall treat the non-commercial cultivation, distribution, possession, and use of entheogenic plants and fungi—including psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and iboga—as among the lowest law enforcement priorities.