Registration Deadline: The in person voting registration deadline for the general election is 8 days before the election. Mail in and online registration must be completed 29 days prior to the election.
Party Affiliation: In Washington, each candidate is authorized to list a party “preference.” The top two vote getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old by Election Day
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Washington State at least 30 days before Election Day
Mental Competency: Click here to find more information on mental competency voting requirements.
Felony Convictions: Must not be under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington Felony conviction. For more information on felons and voting rights, click here.
ID Requirements: You need a current Washington State driver license or a current Washington State ID card to register online. If you do not have either of these, You may still register by mail or in person and you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: If you have a Washington State driver’s license or ID card, you can register online.
In person: Visit your County Elections department to obtain and complete a voter registration form in person.
By mail/ in writing: request a voter registration form be sent to your residential address. Or download a Washington State Voter Registration Form and mail it to your county elections office.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Washington Voter Registration Verification
Phone: Contact your local election officials.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Washington State votes by mail. Vote by mail is convenient and gives you extra time to learn about the ballot measures and candidates before casting your vote.
Other absentee voter qualifications: Mail ballots are automatically sent to every registered Washington voter at least 18 days before each election.
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. Fill out this form to receive your ballot at an address other than your listed address. This special absentee ballot application cannot be submitted more than 90 days prior to the election.
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.
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: https://votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Places to return my ballot
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.