Voting in Washington
Voter Registration In Washington
Who Can Register In Washington
To register to vote in Washington, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Washington for at least 30 days before the election
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the election
- Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
- Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
You must register to vote at least 8 days before the election you wish to vote in if registering by mail or online. The deadline to register in person is 8 PM on Election Day.
Washington Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Washington but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your vote center during the early voting period and on Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in Washington when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
Washington does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. The right to vote is automatically restored once you're no longer incarcerated or in community custody.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Washington
Where To Vote In Washington
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in Washington; no excuse is needed. All registered voters in Washington should automatically receive absentee/vote-by-mail ballots at the address where they are registered.
Early Voting In Washington
Washington offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 18 days before an election and ends the day before an election.
Primary Elections In Washington
Washington has open presidential primaries. Voters are not asked for party affiliation when registering to vote, and are only asked for a party declaration in presidential primaries -- however, this has no bearing on how a voter may vote in future presidential primaries. For all other primaries, Washington uses a top-two primary system that allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary Election qualify for the General Election. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Washington
Voter ID Requirements
ID is not required to vote by mail in Washington, with the exception of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements for first-time voters. ID is required to vote in person in Washington. Valid Forms of ID include:
- driver's license
- state identification card
- student identification card
- tribal identification card
- employer identification card
If a voter does not have a valid ID, they may submit a provisional ballot which will be counted if the signature on the ballot matches the signature on their voter registration.
Additional Washington Resources
Your State Election Official
Washington Secretary of State
Phone number: 360.902.4180; 800.448.4881