October 5 is the last day to register to vote in the District in the November 3 election.

D.C. residents may register by mail or in person in Room 7 or Room 4 of the District Building, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. People who wish to register by mail may pick up an application form at any D.C. public library. Many community groups are also distributing registration applications.

After application forms are processed, the elections office sends out notifications of registration.

Once registered as voters in the District, residents may continue to vote without registering again as long as they remain qualified voters and vote at least once every four years.

To qualify to register to vote, applicants must be citizens of the United States, at least 18 years old on or before Oct. 5, mentally competent, and residents of, or domiciled in, the District. They may not claim voting residence in any state or territory of the United States.

People who have been convicted in the United States of crimes which are felonies in the District may qualify to register if they have completed the sentence, are on parole or probation, have been pardoned or are otherwise at the end of their court-imposed penalty.