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 restore the right to vote upon completion of sentence, including community custody.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Washington
Where To Vote In Washington
Washington is a vote-by-mail state, so you do not need to visit a polling place to vote, but each county will open a voting center during the voting period. You can search for your voting center here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Washington. Washington uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, meaning all registered voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail without needing to request one. Register to vote or check your registration status to ensure you receive your ballot.
Click here to track your Washington vote by mail ballot.
To return your Washington vote by mail ballot, mail it back or return it to a secure ballot drop box. You can choose to sign a ballot declaration or sign with a mark and have two witnesses attest to the signature.
Early Voting In Washington
In addition to vote-by-mail, Washington offers an 18-day voting period (through Election Day) and all registered voters may cast their ballot beginning 18 days prior to Election Day at a voting center.
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 in Washington’s vote-by-mail elections, with the exception of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements for first-time voters.
Additional Washington Resources
Your State Election Official
Washington State Director of Elections
Phone number: 360.902.4180; 800.448.4881