VOTING IN WASHINGTON
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (multiple languages)
Request a form be mailed

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Eight (8) days before Election Day
In Person: By 8:00pm on Election Day

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Elections Department

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Washington Driver's License or Non-Driver State ID.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Eight (8) days before Election Day

Election Day Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information in person at a local voting center or county elections department up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Eligible voters who are eighteen (18) or older who do not choose to be Opted Out will be automatically registered to vote when conducting business with:

  • the Washington Department of Motor Vehicles
  • the Washington Health Benefit Exchange
  • other state agencies

Can you pre-register?

YES. Voters who are sixteen (16) and older may pre-register to vote and will automatically be added to the voter rolls at eighteen (18).

Have you moved?

Washington is an "All-Mail Voting" state so there are no polling places except for one voting center per county. Voters should make sure their address on file is current so they will receive their ballot.

Address Confidentiality Program

Voters who are members of the ACP program may choose to keep their address confidential and use their ACP address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

All voters may vote early vote in person in the county in which they are registered. Voting centers are open during business hours during the voting period. Check with your County Election Department for the location of your voting center. ID is required to vote in person.

In-Person Early Voting
BEGINS: Eighteen (18) days before Election Day
ENDS: 8:00 p.m. on Election Day

Vote-by-Mail

Washington is an "All-Mail Voting" state which means every registered voter AUTOMATICALLY receives a vote-by-mail-ballot beginning eighteen (18) days before each Election.

Voters should make sure their information is current in order to receive their ballot. Voters can update their address:
• Online at MyVote
• By contacting their County Election Department

Absentee Voting?

Absentee Voting is known as Vote-by-Mail in Washington. Please see VOTE-BY-MAIL for more information.

Do I need Voter ID?

Voters wishing to vote in-person will be asked to sign a ballot declaration or provide a Photo ID: a Washington driver’s license or non-Driver state ID card, a student ID card, a tribal ID card, or an employer ID card.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide ID may vote a Provisional Ballot. Please see Provisional Ballots for more info.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the requested ID
• the voter did not receive their vote-by-mail ballot

NOTE: Voters will received instructions on any actions they made need to take after voting their Provisional Ballot.

Polling Hours

Every county must have at least one voting center for voters to vote in person. Contact your County Election Department for opening hours.

NOTE: Voting centers will remain open until 8:00pm local time. If you are in line by 8:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

For all primary elections, EXCEPT: U.S. President, Vice President and Political Party Precinct Committee Officer, voters may vote for whoever they want regardless of party.

Youth Vote in Primary?

LIMITED. Only voters registered as Democrats who will be eighteen (18) on or before a Presidential Election may vote in the Democratic Presidential Caucus.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Washington, or students who already live in Washington but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a federal or out-of-state felony will automatically have their right vote restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration

Voters convicted of a Washington state felony will automatically have their right vote restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.