Accessing Our Democracy Initiative

Overview

Our Jewish tradition is clear about the role of choice and democratic process when it comes to selecting our leaders: “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted” (Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a).

Ensuring a strong, healthy democracy is crucial to the safety and wellbeing of all people, but particularly Jews, as a minority group.

Democracy thrives when everyone has access to it – whether through voting, advocating for issues important to them, or directly running for office. This initiative is meant to help everyone access our democracy, regardless of political affiliation.

The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center does not support or oppose candidates for public office, nor take a stand for or against any political party. We encourage active and informed participation in American democracy.

DC Primary Election FAQ

Do you have your plan to vote on June 4? Learn more below!

Both US citizens and non-citizens can vote in the DC Primary!

Due to the passage of the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022, non-citizen DC residents may now vote in local elections held in the District of Columbia.

This means non-citizens can vote for the following offices:

  • Mayor
  • Chairman or member of the Council
  • Attorney General
  • Member of the State Board of Education
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC)

To vote in the DC primary you must:

  • Have maintained residency in DC since at least May 5, 2024
  • Not be registered to vote anywhere else
  • Turn 18 years old by November 5, 2024 (the general election)
  • Register with a party (Democrat, Republican, or DC Statehood Green) by May 14
  • Not have been found by a court of law to be legally incompetent to vote

Both US citizens and non-citizens can register on site when you vote during early voting or on election day. Just bring proof of DC residency with you (see acceptable documents for citizens here and for non-citizens here) when you go to vote.

Early voting: May 26–June 2, but not on Memorial Day, Vote Centers open 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Election Day: June 4, Vote Centers open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

VOTE BY MAIL OR MAIL BALLOT DROP BOX

  • Every active voter registered with one of the three major parties (Democratic, Republican, or DC Statehood Green) was mailed a ballot for the June 4, 2024 Primary Election.
  • Mail Ballot Drop Box: Voters can return a voted ballot using any of the 55 Mail Ballot Drop Boxes located throughout the District of Columbia.
  • US Postal Service: Voted ballots returned via the US Postal Service must be postmarked by June 4, 2024, and received by June 14, 2024.
  • Vote Center: Voters can return a voted ballot to any Vote Center during hours of operation

Track your mailed-in ballot here to ensure it was received.

VOTE IN PERSON

  • You can cast your ballot in person at any Vote Center, regardless of your residential address.
  • During Early Voting, voters can vote at ANY of the 25 Early Vote Centers.
  • On June 4, voters may vote at ANY of the 75 Primary Election Day Vote Centers (See a list of the Vote Centers further down on this page)

Registered voters do not need to show ID in order to vote in person. If you are doing same-day voter registration, you need to bring proof of DC residency with you (see acceptable documents for citizens here and for non-citizens here)

The following D.C. Council races are on the ballot this primary election:

The following federal races are also on the ballot in this primary election: 

  • President  
  • Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives 
  • U.S. Senator 
  • U.S. Representative 

Click here for a full list of all the candidates on this primary election ballot.

Note: The Presidential line for the Republican party will not be on the ballot in the June primary election since the DC Republican Party held its primary in March.

DC Politics 101

The DC Council is here to serve you! The Council is made up of thirteen elected members: one representative from each of the eight wards, four at-large members, and one chairman.

Find your Councilmember by visiting dccouncil.gov and entering your street address at the bottom of the page.

  1. DC residents may register and vote at the same time during Early Voting or on Election Day.
  2. On Election Day, voters may cast their ballot at at any vote center, regardless of their residential address.
  3. DC residents who are not US citizens may vote in local elections, including for the office of Mayor, for members of the Council, on initiatives and referendums, and more.
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Mira Smith

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