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Running as a Write-in Candidate

It's not too late to run for ANC. The deadline to have your name on the ballot passed after 5 pm on August 5, 2020. However, you can still run as a write-in candidate.

The qualifications for a write-in candidate are the same as for someone whose name is on the ballot:

  • You must have lived in your Single Member District (SMD) for 60 days prior to November 3, Election Day. (In other words, you must have moved in by September 4, 2020.)
  • You must be a registered voter in the District of Columbia.
  • And you must also file an "Affirmation of Write-In Candidacy" with the Board of Elections. You can file this statement any time up until 4:45 pm on Friday, November 6.

Contact the Board of Elections (727-2525) if you have additional questions about becoming a write-in candidate or meeting the qualifications. You can check what ANC and SMD that you live in here: ANC/SMD Look-up.   (You can also contact the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions at 727-9945 for help; see also

The Board will give you an information packet. It includes, among other things, a map of your SMD boundaries and a list of the registered voters in your SMD.

You may accept up to $25 per person in campaign contributions. You must report the total amount of your contributions and expenses to the Office of Campaign Finance following the election. (You must file a report whether or not you receive any contributions or spend any money.) The Office of Campaign Finance provides additional information about the rules on their website.

The winners of the November 3 election will be sworn in on January 2, 2021.