ANC - Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners

This information pertains to ANC Vacancies. Information for the ANC 2024 General Election ballot access process will be posted after the vacancy period closes in May 2024.

Vacancy Information

DC Register Vacancy-Related Notices

Ballot Access Information


  • Declaration of CandidacyForm needed to “declare” yourself as a candidate for a particular office. The candidate’s name will appear on the ballot as it appears on the Declaration of Candidacy pursuant to Title 3 DCMR § 1203. The Declaration must be signed by the candidate in the presence of a notary or BOE staff. It may not be signed by anyone else. All candidates for public and party offices must file a Declaration of Candidacy in order to be issued their petitions. (Alternatively, you may print and complete the PDF Version of this form.)
  • Receipt of Ballot Access Documents: Upon receiving certain Ballot Access documents from BOE (i.e. Petition Pages, Declaration of Candidacy, and Official Calendar) a candidate will be given a receipt in which they will certify having received the documents checked on the form. A candidate will also be asked to certify, to the best of their knowledge, that all information on the Petition Pages is true and correct. If the candidate (or their designee) picks up in person, this receipt can be completed while they are in the BOE office. If they choose to pick up via email, this form needs to be completed and sent to the BOE for the candidate to receive their petitions along with the Declaration of Candidacy. Candidates can review this secure link to know what items (in addition to their petitions) they should check off on the form. Once both documents are received, the BOE will respond via email to acknowledge receipt and provide the petitions.
  • Receipt for Completed Ballot Access DocumentsUpon the Board receiving completed Ballot Access documents from the candidate (i.e. a nominating petition containing the legally required number of valid signatures) the BOE Official will provide the candidate with a receipt acknowledging that those documents were received by BOE.

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONER (§ 1-309.05.  Advisory Neighborhood Commissions -- Qualifications of members; nomination by petition.)
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners advise the District government on matters of public policy including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, health, safety, and sanitation in their respective neighborhood commission areas. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners are elected to two year terms every election year.
(a)(1) No person shall be a member of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission unless the person: 
(A) Is a registered qualified elector actually residing in the single-member district from which the person was elected; 
(B) Has been residing in such district continuously for the 60 days immediately preceding the day on which the person files the nominating petitions as a candidate as such a member; 
(C) Holds no other elected public office; and 
(D) With the exception of a member representing the single-member district that includes the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, has not been convicted of a felony committed while serving as a Commissioner. 
     (2) For the purpose of this subsection, the term “elected public office” means the offices of Mayor, Chairman or member of the Council, member of the State Board of Education, and the Delegate to the House of Representatives.

Minimum Signature Requirements: 25 signatures of duly registered voters who reside in the same Single Member District as the candidate.


You may pick up and/or file your nominating petitions in one of the following ways:

D.C. Board of Elections
 1015 Half Street, SE, Suite 750
 Washington, DC 20003-4733

To pick-up your petition – either through email or in-person – you need to complete the Declaration of Candidacy and the Receipt of Ballot Access Documents form (listed under the Ballot Access Information section above). The deadline for any candidates to file for an ANC Vacancy is by 4:45pm on the date listed in the posted DC Register Notice.


Please review the additional information posted on the Candidate Ballot Access Information page. There is a video at the top of the page that outlines the ballot access process and then at the very bottom of the page, under the “Other Forms & Additional Information” section, are additional forms and information that we strongly encourage you to review, including a list of ballot access training sessions. 


Please be advised there is no registration requirement.  OCF will register the candidate based on the list provided by the Board of Elections.  However, OCF will contact the candidate via email with guidance and information on their responsibilities with the office.  


Please be advised to request a list of registered voters, download and complete the Request for Voter Registration Data, Maps, or Petitions Signatures Form, sign it, and return it to the Board of Elections, by email in a scanned attachment to [email protected].

Updated ANC and SMD Boundaries 

The boundaries of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and Single-member Districts (SMDs) of the District of Columbia are updated every ten years, based on the results of the latest decennial census. The updated boundaries were approved by the DC Council on June 7, 2022 and approved by Mayor Muriel Bowser on June 16, 2022. Updated ANC-SMDs were used for the November 8, 2022 General Election and go into effect January 2023. Individual ANC/SMD maps will be provided to candidates who pick-up petitions. ANC-SMDs can also be located on this interactive web map.

Please contact us at 202-727-2525 or [email protected] with any questions.  If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation or review any documents in an alternative format, please contact the Board’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (202) 727-5411.