Deadline closes in for D.C. voter registration

Thomas Warren,

WASHINGTON – Registered voters in the District have until Monday, March 5 to change political parties if they want to vote in the upcoming April 3 primaries.

D.C. is one of the nation’s jurisdictions that has closed primaries.

“If you’re a Democrat, you can vote in the Democrat party (primary), Republicans in the Republican party primary, and D.C Statehood Green party members in the D.C. Statehood Green political party primary,” says Alyson McGloughcin with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.

Democrat, Republican and Statehood Green Party are the only three parties that voters can affiliate with for primary votes.

Voters in the District may change party affiliations for a primary and, once it’s over, change parties again for a general election.

“We do have voters who change their political party from time to time depending on which party’s candidates they want to vote in,” McGloughcin says.

Voters can even switch parties up to the day of a general election.

Democrats have the most party members in D.C. with almost 75 percent, Republicans are about 6.5 percent and the Statehood Green Party are just under 1 percent, according to figures from the D.C. Board of Elections.

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