To verify your voter registration status, please contact your county clerk.
To be eligible to vote in Washington you must be:
A voter who lacks a traditional residence may use the place he or she currently sleeps at night or spends most of their time. A mailing address could be a General Delivery address or, if permission is granted, the address of a shelter or a friend or a relative. For more information on residency requirements please click here.
ID is necessary to register. If you register by mail and do not have a Washington state driver's license, Washington state ID card, or a Social Security number, you will be required to provide one of the following items when you cast your ballot:
If you do not provide one of the above items either before or at the time of voting, your ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot.
ID is only required if you use an audiovisual unit at a voting center. Acceptable forms of ID for voting include:
A voter who does not have ID may vote a provisional ballot.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
The in registration deadline for in person, mailed or online registrations is 29 days before an election. New Washington State voters can still register to vote up until the 8th day before an election.
To verify your voter registration status, please use your state's voter verification tool.
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You do not need to be ill or "absent" to be an absentee voter.
You may request an absentee ballot as early as 90 days before an election. (No absentee ballots are issued on election day except to a voter who is a resident of a health care facility). The request for an absentee ballot must be made to your county auditor or elections department. You can also fill out an absentee ballot request for here.
NOTE: Absentee ballots must be signed and postmarked or delivered to the county election officer on or before election day.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
The next election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (General Election).
The in person registration deadline is Monday, October 19, 2016. New WA residents have until Monday, October 31, 2016 to register to vote in person.
Mailed registration applications must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2016. You may also register online until Monday, October 19, 2016.
Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.
Washington has a vote by mail process and does not have traditional polling places that require staffing by poll workers. To find out how you can volunteer on Election Day, contact your local board of elections.
Washington is a mail in ballot state and does not have polling places. Your county election officials can provide information about voting centers/election offices.
Even though Washington is a vote by mail state, you can still vote in person on or before Election Day. Each county will have a voting center, which will be open during business hours beginning 18 days before the election and ending at 8pm on Election Day. You can find your voting center here.
Voters can request that a provisional ballot be mailed to them by contacting their County Auditor's office. Provisional ballot means a ballot issued to a voter who would otherwise be denied an opportunity to vote a regual ballot, for any reason authorized by the Help America Vote Act, including but not limited to the following:
After the election you may contact your county elections department to confirm that your ballot was counted.
Washington is a mail in ballot state. The public may observe the processing of mail ballots. You may contact your County Auditor to arrange times to observe. Ballots are tabulated on optical scan and digital scan tabulating equipment. The equipment must be able to determine the ballot format for every ballot. Bar codes on each ballot allow the tabulation equipment to immediately determine the ballot format of that ballot, which allows the equipment to correctly read the ballot. For more information about ballot barcodes and this process please use your state's resource tool.
Federal law requires that every voting center have a voting system that is accessible to all individuals with disabilities. The law requires that the system provide individuals with disabilities the same opportunity to vote privately and independently as other voters. When possible, the county auditor must use voting centers that are accessible to all voters. In instances where a voting center does not meet accessibility standards, additional assistance must be available. The accessibility standards include:
Please contact your county elections department to learn about multilingual services that may be available at your voting site. Assistance may be provided by a person of the voter's choice, or by two election officials of opposite political parties.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Washington State votes by mail. Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. In order to receive your ballot your voter registration address must be current. You can update your address online with MyVote.
Your ballot packet will include a ballot, a secrecy envelope and a return envelope. If you need a replacement ballot contact your county election officials.
The ballot must be
You can still vote in person on or before Election Day. Each county will have a voting center, which will be open during business hours beginning 18 days before the election and ending at 8pm on Election Day. You can find your voting center here.
If you fail to sign the ballot declaration, or the signature on the ballot declaration does not match the signature in your voter registration record, your county elections department will contact you.
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