Voting in Washington

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Election Dates

General Election Date
Voter Registration Deadline (online, by mail - received)
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Early Voting Dates

Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: Opening time varies to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in Washington

Learn about all the options to vote in Washington to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Washington is a vote by mail state. This means that all registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot to the address on their voter registration. If you have moved you must update your registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Washington Board of Elections Phone Number: (800) 448-4881

Washington Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Washington

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Washington.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Washington

Washington is a vote-by-mail state. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters, meaning it has a one step process.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to return it ASAP!

  • Return in person by Election Day at 8 p.m. You can return to your county designated vote centers, drop box, or your local elections office.
  • Or mail in your ballotballots must be postmarked by Election Day to be counted. To make your 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 on Election Day. We recommend returning your ballot ASAP.

Need your ballot sent to a different address? Apply here and follow the steps listed above. There is no set deadline but it is recommended that you apply at least seven days before Election Day. If you need to receive a replacement ballot in the week before the election, you may print your ballot using your online voter portal.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the declaration on the outside of the ballot envelope.

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, drop box, or early voting locations.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Anyone may return a ballot on your behalf.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your vote center and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. 

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Washington does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local election office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You have until the election certification process begins, which is usually 21 days after Election Day.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so that you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote counts.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Voters in Washington who choose to vote at a voter center will need to provide an acceptable photo ID or give their signature on a ballot declaration/provisional ballot must match their voter registration form. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Washington driver’s license
  • Washington state ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Tribal ID card
  • Employee ID Card

Voter ID in Washington

Find Your Ballot

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Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at their address of record when they interact with certain state agencies. If you have moved, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

Voting Begins
Voting Ends

You can vote early in Washington

You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.

You may vote early in person at any vote center in your county. You may also register to vote in person at vote centers through Election Day.


Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Washington, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Washington primaries if you are 17 by the next election.