Registration Deadline: The in person voting registration deadline for the general election is 8 days before the election. Mail in registration must be postmarked 30 days before the election.
Party Affiliation: In each primary race, you may vote for any candidate listed on the ballot. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of their party preference. Washington voters do not declare party affiliation as a part of voter registration.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years or older on Election Day
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident in the state, county, and precinct 30 days immediately preceding the election
Mental Competency: If the guardianship was imposed before July 24, 2005 and it is a full guardianship, the person is not eligible to vote unless the court order specifically states otherwise. If the guardianship was imposed before July 24, 2005 and it is a partial guardianship, the person retains the right to vote unless the court order specifically states otherwise. If the guardianship was imposed on or after July 24, 2005, regardless of whether it is full or partial, the person retains the right to vote unless the court order specifically states otherwise. Read more here.
Felony Convictions: If previously convicted of a felony, your voting rights must have been restored in order to vote. More information here.
ID Requirements: ID is necessary to register. If you register by mail and do not have a Washington state driver's license, Washington ID card, or a Social Security number, you will be required to provide one of the following items when you cast your ballot:
-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.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: If you have a Washington State driver’s license or ID card, you can register online or download a form.
In person: Visit your County Elections department to obtain and complete a voter registration form in person.
By mail/ in writing: Download or request a voter registration form be sent to your residential address.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Washington Voter Registration Verification
Phone: Contact your local election officials.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Mail elections are an alternative to polling place voting. Prior to each election a ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible registered voter to the address on record.
Other absentee voter qualifications: Mail ballots are automatically sent to every registered Washington voter
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
By mail: Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. To receive your ballot, your voter registration mailing address must be current.
Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters may register normally, but have special exemptions and may receive their ballot long before normal voters. More information here.
Emergency Voting: All registered voters receive a mail ballot, therefore emergency absentee registration is unneeded.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Ballots mailed must be postmarked no later than Election Day. In person ballots must be returned to a designated ballot drop box or in person to your county elections department by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available through the mailed ballots Washington delivers to every registered voter 18 days before the election.
Verifying Registration: Washington Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Employees who do not have 2 free hours (excluding meals and breaks) during their work day in which polls are open, and who receive their work schedule with insufficient time to request an absentee ballot, are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.
Polling Place: Washington Polling Place Locator
ID Requirements: The signature you provide to vote must match your signature in your voter registration record.
How to Vote: To see your personal ballot measures and candidates enter your registration information here.
Problems with voting: Voter Concern Form
Verifying provisional ballot status: Contact your County Auditor or Department of Elections to verify provisional ballot status
Verifying absentee ballot status: If signatures do not match between your ballot and registration form, your county election official will contact you. Contact your county auditor with questions.
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