Voting in
Washington

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Washington, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Washington Election Website or call (800) 448-4881 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/26/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Washington

Your state has automatic vote by mail– if you're a registered voter, you'll receive a ballot in the mail whenever there's an election.

Don’t miss your next election!

Washington will participate in the Nov. 3rd general election. Washington is a vote-by-mail state. As long as your registration lists your current address, you will receive a ballot. If you have moved, please be sure to update your registration by the voter registration deadline, Oct. 26th. You may register to vote in-person through Election Day.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Washington:

When you return your ballot, postage is prepaid. You do not need to add stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline.Your state also offers secure dropboxes for ballots. Reach out to your County Clerk for a list of dropboxes near you. If you drop your ballot in a dropbox by 8 p.m. on Election Day, you do not need to worry about the post office!

Your state gives you the opportunity to "cure" any challenge to your ballot. This means if there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for curing your ballot. Be sure to check your mail and messages (phone and email) for incoming communication from your election's office to have the opportunity to cure. You must "cure" your ballot within 21 days after the election!

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

Presidential Primaries

Washington holds top-two primaries by mail.

Visit the Washington Democratic Party and Republican Party websites for more information.

Statewide Primaries

Washington holds top-two primaries by mail.

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 16th to Nov. 2nd

All registered voters in Washington receive a vote-by-mail ballot. No excuse required.

If you will not be at your residence and would like to have you ballot mailed to a different address, you may do so through the My Vote portal. Be sure to follow specific instructions so you do not affect your permanent address and registration.

 

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for Washington

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • The pre-registration age is 16
    17 year olds may be able to participate in the presidential selection process. See your state party websites for details.

    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.