How to vote in Washington

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Washington mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks before the election. Keep an eye on the mailbox, and be sure to mail it back or drop it in a drop-box before Election Day! You can also vote in person if you prefer to do so. Washington offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Washington. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Washington can look up where to vote on Washington's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Washington voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Friday, October 19 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • If you choose to vote in person in Washington, you may be asked to show ID. Contact your local election office to learn more about what ID requirements apply for voting in person.

Vote by mail

Washington conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote before Monday, October 8, you should expect to receive a ballot at your designated mailing address. You can return your ballot by mail, or find a drop box on Washington's site or GetToThePolls.com.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

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.
  • The early voting period runs from Friday, October 19 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Election contact information for Washington

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

Phone Number:
(360) 902-4180