Washington

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Washington voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
General

Registration Deadlines

Monday, October 25, 2021
By Mail (received)
Monday, October 25, 2021
In Person
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

02

Aug
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Primary
Primary

08

Nov
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
General
General

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Washington Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

Washington state is a vote by mail state, so all registered voters receive a ballot by mail. Absentee ballots only need to be requested if you will not be at your registered address during the 18 days before an election. If you are away from your registered address before an election, you can contact your county election official to see if they are able to forward your mail ballot to your new, temporary address. Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. Voted ballots must be postmarked or received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.  If you have any questions contact your Secretary of State.

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.

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Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on campaign contributions, please go to your state's site.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

You can return your ballot at an official drop box. You can lookup drop box locations online or by contacting your county elections office. You can also return your ballot at any in-person voting location in your county.   Your ballot must be deposited or postmarked by Election Day. If mailed, the USPS recommends that you mail a week before Election Day. 

Early Voting

Early Voting in Washington begins 18 days before the election and goes through Election Day. 

Your vote-by-mail ballot is mailed to the address where you're registered to vote. Accessible voting is available through your local elections office or voting center until Election Day, 8:00 PM.

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here https://www.vote411.org/washington.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

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 Needed for Voter Registration

ID is necessary to register. If you register by mail and do not have a state driver's license,  state ID card, or a Social Security number, you will be required to provide another form of ID when you cast your ballot.

Other forms of ID include:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Valid tribal ID of a federally recognized Indian tribe in Washington state
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • A government document that shows both your name and address

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 Needed for Voting?

ID is needed when you register to vote and ID is only required if you use an audiovisual unit at a voting center.

Acceptable forms of ID for voting include:

  • Photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID card, student ID card, or tribal ID card
  • Voter registration card
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document

A voter who does not have ID may vote a provisional ballot.

Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted 14-21 days after the election.

Official election results will be uploaded on Washington’s Department of Elections website as they become available.

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Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, or living overseas. 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.

Poll Worker 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.

Polling Place Hours

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.

Polling Place Locator

Even though Washington is a vote-by-mail state, you can still receive in-person services. Each county will have a voting center, at which you can register to vote, receive a replacement ballot, use an accessible voting unit, and more. Voting centers are open during normal business hours beginning 18 days before the election and close promptly at 8 p.m. on Election Day.  You can find your voting center here.

Provisional Voting

A provisional ballot is issued if:

  • A voter’s name is not listed as a registered voter,
  • If they cannot sign their name,
  • Or if they do not have proper identification.

The verification process checks registration, ensures the ballot is not a duplicate, and inspects the signature. Only verified provisional ballots are counted. Washington state offer same-day registration in person, which greatly reduces the need for provisional ballots.

Provisional ballots are counted 14-21 days after the election. You may contact your county elections department to confirm that your ballot was counted.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are unable to cast your ballot due to a disability, you may assign a person of your choice, or two election officials, to enter the voting booth and record the votes your direct.

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:

  • Written notice to voters assigned to an inaccessible voting center explaining the factors that make the voting center inaccessible. This notice must be provided no later than 30 days prior to an election.
  • Reassignment to an accessible voting center upon advance request from a voter assigned to an inaccessible polling place.
  • A disabled parking space.
  • Signs identifying an accessible route of travel to the voting center if different than the primary route.
  • An unobstructed route of travel to the voting center.
  • Level, firm, stable and slip-resistant surfaces.
  • An unobstructed area for voting.
  • At least one voting booth with a maximum height of 30 inches and a minimum knee clearance of 27 inches.
  • Sufficient lighting along the accessible route of travel and within the voting center.

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.

Registration Deadline

Online voter registration is available! To register online you will need a Washington State Driver License or ID.

You may also print and return your application by mail or in person at your county elections department. 

Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. You may also register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

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Vote by Mail

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.

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

  • Postmarked no later than Election day; or
  • Returned to a designated ballot drop box by 8pm on Election Day; or
  • Returned in person to your county elections department by 8pm on Election Day

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.

You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website. 

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.

Voting Machines

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.

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