Forms and Deadlines
By Mail: Eight (8) days before Election Day
In Person: By 8:00pm on Election Day
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:
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
• 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.