State of Washington Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Washington General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Mon Oct 8, 2018
  • In-Person Request by Mon Oct 29, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Online by Mon Oct 8, 2018
  • In-Person Request by Mon Oct 29, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 6, 2018

Early Voting

none on record
Washington has all-mail election.

Washington State Primary Election held on Tue Aug 7, 2018

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Mon Jul 9, 2018
  • In-Person Request by Mon Jul 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Online by Mon Jul 9, 2018
  • In-Person Request by Mon Jul 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Aug 7, 2018

Early Voting

none on record
Washington has all-mail election.

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

You must have resided in Washington at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.

Voting

All elections are conducted by mail in Washington. Every voter receives a mail ballot which must be postmarked or returned to a ballot dropbox by 8pm on Election Day.

Find my county election office

You are eligible to vote in Washington if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Washington
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
Convicted felons should contact their local election official to determine if they need to re-register to vote. In most cases felons are eligible to vote once they are no longer in prison or supervised by the DOC.

You are NOT eligible to vote in Washington if:

  • You were disqualified from voting due to a court order

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Washington you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Washington ID Number
  • Your Washington Driver's License Number
  • Learner's Permit

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting In-Person

In Washington, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Employee ID
  • Valid Washington Issued ID
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid Washington Driver's License

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

Absentee Ballot Request

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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All registered voters are automatically sent ballots for each election. For Fax or Email Ballot Return: If you return your ballot by Fax or Email, the original paper ballot must also be submitted to your election office - or your ballot will not be counted. If you cannot get your original ballot postmarked by Election Day, you can submit your ballot electronically by 8:00 p.m. Election Day. If the original paper ballot is returned with a late postmark, the electronic ballot will still be counted.

Overseas & Military Voters

Washington General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST Received by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST Received by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST
  • Post received by Mon Nov 26, 2018
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm PST
  • Post received by Mon Nov 26, 2018
Washington has all-mail election.

Washington State Primary Election held on Tue Aug 7, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT Received by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT Received by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT
  • Email or Fax by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT
  • Post received by Mon Aug 20, 2018
  • Postmarked by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT
  • Email or Fax by Tue Aug 7, 2018 8:00pm PDT
  • Post received by Mon Aug 20, 2018
Washington has all-mail election.

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Uniformed service and overseas voters do not have to be registered in order to request an absentee ballot. A faxed or e-mailed request form is valid. Please note that private email over the Internet is not a secure method of transfer for documents containing your confidential identity information. OVF strongly recommends regular mail and fax over email transfer. The voted ballot can be returned by email or fax.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Uniformed service and overseas voters do not have to be registered in order to request an absentee ballot. A faxed or e-mailed request form is valid. Please note that private email over the Internet is not a secure method of transfer for documents containing your confidential identity information. OVF strongly recommends regular mail and fax over email transfer. The voted ballot can be returned by email or fax.