Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–1061.10(Perm). Timely casting of ballot.

To be valid, a military-overseas ballot must be postmarked or otherwise proven to have been sent on or before the day of the election, and received by the Board of Elections no later than the 7th day after the election.


(June 5, 2012, D.C. Law 19-137, § 110, 59 DCR 2542; May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-273, § 4(d), 62 DCR 1938; Dec. 24, 2019, D.C. Law 23-36, § 3, 66 DCR 14304.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1061.12.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-273 substituted “received by the Board of Elections no later than 8:00 p.m. on the date of the election” for “submitted by the voter on the date of the election by mailing or other authorized means of delivery no later than 12:01 a.m. at the place where the voter completes the ballot.”

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) repeal of D.C. Law 20-273, § 5, see § 21 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Law 21-76, Feb. 27, 2016, 63 DCR 264).

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based on § 10 of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-273: Section 5 of D.C. Law 20-273 provided (a) that the act shall apply upon the date of inclusions of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan; (b) that the Chief Financial Officer shall certify the date of the inclusion of the fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan, and provide notice to the Budget Director of the Council of the certification; and (c) that the Budget Director shall cause the notice of the certification to be published in the District of Columbia Register and that the date of publication of the notice of the certification shall not affect the applicability of the act.

The Budget Director of the Council of the District of Columbia has determined that the fiscal effect of D.C. Law 20-273 has been included in an approved budget and financial plan.