Parent Leaders #Vote4DCKids

#Vote4DCKids is a parent-led campaign to put our children at the center of one of our most important rights because OUR VOICE = OUR VOTE!

Learn MORE about the #Vote4DCKids Campaign!

We want our elected officials to make decisions about education and social policy with families and children first, particularly those who are Black, Brown, and low-income. They have too often been left behind in our city’s growth over the past 20 years but deserve Councilmembers, a Council Chair, a Mayor, State Board of Education members, an Attorney General, ANC commissioners, and Delegate to the House of Representatives that share their values and their priorities.

To make this vision a reality, the #Vote4DCKids campaign focuses on educating DC residents how to make their voice heard with their vote, including how to vote, where to vote, and who is on the ballot. 

Note: PAVE, as a 501c3, does not endorse any candidates

When you commit to #Vote4DCKids, you’re joining a movement, not a moment. 

Our kids are our future and their education and wellbeing must be prioritized in ALL decisions. In the 2020 primary and general elections, over 3,000 DC residents stood up and said #Vote4DCKids! We know the number of DC voters who prioritize children, families, and education is even larger in 2022, so join them in making kids most important in our primary and general elections!

  • Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Friendship Public Charter School – Armstrong Campus
  • Candidates who participated: Phil Mendelson, Erin Palmer
  • Click here to read Erin Palmer’s responses to parents’ questions!

Have questions about how to #Vote4DCKids? Check out our FAQ below!

If you’re unsure whether you’re currently registered to vote in DC, you can check your status of your registration on the DC Board of Elections Check Your Voter Registration Status page.  

To ensure that you receive your mail-in ballot at the correct address, check and update (if necessary) your voter registration.

Once you had registered to vote in DC, you do not need to re-register or update your voter registration unless

  • You have not voted in DC within the past four (4) years
  • Your DC address has changed
  • Your name has changed 
  • You wish to change your party affiliation 

If any of the above is true, you will need to update your voter registration. Learn more about how to update your voter registration on the DC Board of Elections Register/Update Voter Registration page.

To register to vote in DC, you must: 

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Maintain residency in DC for at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote
  • Not claim voting residence outside of DC
  • Be at least 17 years old and at least 18 years old by the next General Election (You may pre-register to vote if you are at least 16 years old and meet eligibility requirements. You will automatically be registered to vote once you reach your 18th birthday)
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally ineligible to vote

There are several ways to register to vote in DC. To learn more, and to view a list of accepted proofs of residence, please visit the DC Board of Elections  Register/Update Voter Registration page. By law, the Board has 19 days to process a voter registration once it is submitted. However, voter registrations are typically processed in fewer than 19 days.

Before the general election (on Tuesday, November 9th, 2022), political parties host what’s called a primary. In this election, candidates face members of their own party to determine who will represent the party in the general election (that’s why you don’t see multiple members of the same party running in a general election). 

So WHY are primary elections in DC particularly important? 

DC has historically been a largely Democratic city (that should be a state), meaning, oftentimes, the outcomes of the elections are determined by primary elections.

For the 2022 election, the following positions are up for election:

  • Delegate to the US House of Representatives
  • Mayor
  • Council chair 
  • At-Large member of the Council
  • Ward 1 Member of the Council
  • Ward 3 Member of the Council
  • Ward 5 Member of the Council
  • Ward 6 Member of the Council
  • Attorney General
  • ANC Commissioners

And more – for a full list click here.

All registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot for the 2022 Primary Election.

Voters can choose to cast their vote by: 

  • Returning their mail-in ballot using USPS mail or a DC Board of Elections Ballot Drop Box between the dates of May 27th and June 21st
  • Voting in person at an Early Vote Center during the Early Voting period (June 10th-June19th)
  • Voting in person at a Vote Center on Primary Election Day (June 21, 2022) 
  • Voting using an Absentee Ballot ONLY if they will be away from their DC residence during the Primary Election (Absentee Ballots must be postmarked no later than June 21, 2022 and received by June 28th, 2022) 

The 2022 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. To find an Early Vote Center, Election Vote Center, and Mail Ballot Drop Box locations near you, click HERE

All registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot at their address on file for the 2022 Primary Election. You will ONLY need to request an Absentee Ballot if you will be away from your DC residence during the Primary Election.

Absentee Ballot Requests must be requested no later than 15 days before an election, so for the 2022 Primary Election, this deadline falls on Monday, June 6, 2022.

If you need an Absentee Ballot, you can request one using the DC Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Voters who return their mail-in ballot or Absentee Ballot using USPS mail or Mail Ballot Drop Box voters can track the status of their ballot by using the Ballottrax tracker. Voters may also opt in to receive Ballottrax updates about their ballot via SMS text, email, or voice message.

Ballottrax is a secure application that works with DCBOE and the United States Postal Service to provide voters with information about the status of their mail-in ballot or Absentee Ballot, from the time it is printed to the time it is accepted and counted by DCBOE. Ballottrax will also notify voters if there is a discrepancy with their ballot (such as a missing signature) that must be cured in order for their vote to count.

Learn more about Ballottrax and track the status of your mail-in ballot or Absentee Ballot on the Track Your Absentee or Mail-in Ballot page.

 You can vote at any Early Vote Center or Election Day Vote Center.

To find an Early Vote Center or Election Day Vote Center location near you, simply enter your address into our Vote Center Location Tool. 

DCBOE provides language access services for voters who are limited or non-English proficient (LEP/NEP). Under the Language Access Act of 2004, we are required to provide language assistance in Amharic (አማርኛ), Chinese (中文), French (Français), Korean (한국어), Spanish (Español) and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

However, we also offer a full range of professional interpreting services via LanguageLine, more than 9,000 highly trained interpreters who are fluent in over 240 languages and American Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing constituents.Need help in your language? Call (202) 727-2525

  • Amharic: በቋንቋዎት እርዳታ ማግኘት ይሻሉ? በስልክ ቁጥር (202) 727-2525 ይደውሉ።
  • Chinese: 需要以您的语言帮助?拨打Call (202) 727-2525
  • French: Avez-vous besoin d’aide dans votre langue ? Appelez le (202) 727-2525.
  • Korean: 모국어로 도움이 필요하세요? (202) 727-2525로 전화해주세요
  • Vietnamese: Cần sự trợ giúp ngôn ngữ của bạn? Hãy gọi (202) 727-2525

Spanish: ¿Necesita ayuda en su idioma?  Llame al (202) 727-2525

Registered voters do not need to present identification or proof of residence to vote. However, it’s encouraged that you take some form of identification with you to vote in case you need it.

If you plan to register in person during the Early Voting period or on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence in order to register and vote.

If this is your first time voting in DC and you did not provide proof of residence when registering, you will need to show proof of residence in order to cast a live (regular) ballot.

Acceptable forms of proof of residence include the following (must include the name and address of the voter):

  • Valid District of Columbia DMV-issued ID 
  • Government check or paycheck*
  • Bank statement*
  • Current utility bill (does not include cell phone)*
  • Student housing statement/tuition bill
  • Homeless shelter occupancy statement
  • Residential Lease
  • Other current government document that shows your name and address

*The issue, bill, or statement date must be within 90 days of Election Day

Click here to view who will be on the ballot and about their platforms. 

As a 501c3, PAVE does not endorse any candidates.

Step #4: Learn MORE about the #Vote4DCKids campaign!

By committing to #Vote4DCKids, you join a powerful parent-led movement that prioritizes our kids and families!

#Vote4DCKids 2020 General Election

1,840 DC voters committed to cast their ballot to #Vote4DCKids in the general election because of the time and dedication parent leaders put into their movement!

#Vote4DCKids Summit PART 2!

Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Over 120 parent leaders joined us for a virtual celebration of the POWER of our voice and our vote when we all #Vote4DCKids! 

At-Large DC Council Candidates Forum

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • 165 community members attended!
  • 13 DCSBOE candidates participated!
Meeting Materials:

State Board of Education Candidates Forum

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • 161 community members attended!
  • 16 DCSBOE candidates participated!
Meeting Materials:

#Vote4DCKids 2020 Primary Election

60% of the 1,246 DC parents who committed to #Vote4DCKids cast their ballots in the primary – this is compared to the 26.1% of DC residents that cast their ballot for the SAME election! 

So, what do these numbers mean?

They show that parents who committed to #Vote4DCKids voted at a MUCH higher rate compared to DC as a whole!

#Vote4DCKids Summit!

Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Over 130 parent leaders joined us to share why they #Vote4DCKids! 

Ward 4 Candidates Forum

Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • 72 community members attended!
  • 2 candidates attended!
Meeting Materials:

Ward 7 Candidates Forum

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • 59 community members attended!
  • 3 candidates participated!
Meeting Materials:

Ward 8 Candidates Forum

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • 64 community members attended!
  • 5 candidates participated!
Meeting Materials: