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Washington Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Washington

To register to vote in the State of Washington, you must be:

  • A United States Citizen,
  • A legal Resident of Washington State,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections; and
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.

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How Do I Register To Vote in Washington

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Any person desiring to vote at any primary or election is required to provide identification to the election officer before signing the poll book.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Valid photo identification, such as a driver's license or state identification card, student identification card, or tribal identification card
  • A voter identification issued by a county elections officer, or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check or other government document

What If you do not have one of the forms of identification listed above?

  • Any individual who desires to vote in person but cannot provide identification as required by this section shall be issued a provisional ballot.

Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Washington

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Top Two Primaries

Washington holds both a partisan presidential preference primary, which is open to voters who have not participated in another party's caucus, and a blanket nonpartisan primary for all other offices.

The top-two model is not used for presidential primaries in any state. In Nebraska, it is used only for the state's nonpartisan legislature and for some statewide races. In California, Louisiana and Washington, the top-two primary is used for state and Congressional races.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Washington

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. All counties conduct elections vote-by-mail. All vote-by-mail ballots (also known as absentee) are kept in secure storage while not being processed. Processing includes the verification of signatures and postmarks, removing the inner envelope from the outer envelope and removing the ballot from the inner envelope. Ballots are typically secured with numbered seals and a log is kept of the seal numbers to detect any inappropriate access.

When are ballots mailed?

  • Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. Your ballot packet will include a ballot, a secrecy envelope, and a return envelope. Follow the instructions that accompany your ballot.
  • If you are a registered voter and do not receive your ballot, contact your county elections department.

When is the latest I can turn in my completed ballot?

  • Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
  • If you fail to sign the ballot declaration, or the signature on the ballot declaration does not match the signature in your voter registration record, your county elections department will contact you. If you are unable to sign the declaration, make a mark in front of two witnesses and have them sign in the designated spaces.
  • You can check the status of your ballot by logging into MyVote and clicking on "Ballot Status".

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What If My Address Has Changed

College Voters

  • As a student, you probably change your address more frequently than the average voter. Remember to update your voter registration every time you move. You can update your address online with MyVote, by mail or in person.
  • Your residential address determines which candidates and measures will be on your ballot. This must be a Washington State address that you consider home.
  • If you live on campus and provide a campus address as your residential address, be sure to list your dormitory and room number; a PO Box is not a residential address.
  • Your mailing address is where your ballot will be mailed. It does not impact the ballot measures and candidates that will appear on your ballot. Your ballot can be sent to you anywhere in the world. For example, you may list your parents’ home as your residential address, but a PO Box at college as your mailing address.


  • You must establish your voting residency address at least 30 days before Election Day. You may specify a mailing address that is different from your residential address.
  • You may only be registered to vote at one location, even if you own multiple residences. If you move or are temporarily away, you may maintain your voter registration at that address until you register to vote elsewhere.
  • If you have a nontraditional address, such as a motor home or transitional housing, your voting residence is the physical location at the time you register to vote. You may list a different address for your mailing address.

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How can I find my polling location?

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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Washington does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

Employees who do not have 2 free hours (excluding meals and breaks) during their work day in which polls are open, and who receive their work schedule with insufficient time to request an absentee ballot, are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

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