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Washington voter registration
- In Person: Election Day.
- By Mail: Received 8 days before Election Day.
- Online: Received 8 days before Election Day
Individuals may register to vote in their county auditor's office, the division of elections if in a separate city from the county auditor's office, a voting center, or other location designated by the county auditor in his or her county of residence no later than 8:00pm on the day of the primary, special election, or general election. The registration process and requirements for registering on Election Day are the same as for filling out a paper registration form or the online form.
To register in Washington you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be at least 18 years old by Election Day;
- Be a legal resident of Washington State, your county, and precinct for 30 days immediately preceding Election Day;
- Not be disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
- Not be under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.
- Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Sign and date your form. This is very important!
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
- Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
- If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit to determine your eligibility.
Washington absentee ballots
- In Person: N/A
- By Mail: Washington automatically sends a ballot to every registered voter, but also provides a special application for voters who are unable to receive and return a ballot during the regular absentee ballot window. This application can be submitted in person starting 90 days before the election.
- Online: N/A
- Postmarked by Election Day.
Absentee ballots will automatically be sent to all registered voters. If you need your ballot sent somewhere other than your usual address, contact your local election official at least one month before the election so you have time to receive the ballot.
All registered Washington voters automatically receive mail ballots. If you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual address or have other questions, contact your county election office.
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope or drop it off at a voting center.
- Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
Washington Early Voting
18 days before Election Day
The day before Election Day
Washington voter ID
All Washington counties now vote by mail. However, county auditors must open at least one vote center where voters can cast their ballot in person. Voters who wish to vote in person are subject to ID requirements. Be sure to bring one of the following photo IDs:
- A Washington driver's license or state ID card
- A student ID card
- A tribal ID card
- Employer ID card
If you've voted in Washington before, registered in person, or provided ID at the time of registration, you don't need to provide ID to vote by mail.
If you're voting in Washington for the first time, registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide ID when you registered, be sure to enclose a copy of your photo ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you return your ballot.