How to register to vote in Washington

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Washington offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Washington by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Washington you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a legal resident of Washington State, your county and your precinct for 30 days immediately preceding the election in which you want to vote
  • be at least 18 years old by election day
  • not be convicted of infamous crime, unless restored to civil rights

Online voter registration

  • Washington offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Washington ID to use Washington's online voter registration system. If you don't have a Washington-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Monday, October 8.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: You must provide your driver's license number. If you do not have a Washington driver's license, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. Failure to provide this information may prevent your registration from being processed.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: Washington does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 8.

Use the Washington voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Washington voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 8.

In-person voter registration

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 29.
  • Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Washington or contacting your local election official.
  • The deadline to update an existing voter registration with a new name or address is Monday, October 8.

Get step-by-step help

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Washington.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Washington's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Monday, October 8.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Monday, October 8.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 29.
  • The deadline to update an existing voter registration with a new name or address is Monday, October 8.

Election contact information for Washington

Address:
Secretary of State
520 Union Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Phone Number:
(360) 902-4180