WASHINGTON ELECTION INFORMATION

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2018 General Election: November 6, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline: October 8, 2018

For more information, visit the Washington My Vote website.

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Election Day:

Ballots are sent via mail to voters beginning October 19, 2018. Completed ballots must be postmarked for return no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

In addition, each county voting center is open during business hours beginning October 19, 2018, and ends at 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You can vote in person at a voting center.

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How to Find Your Polling Place:

All counties in Washington State votes by mail.  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.

In addition, each county opens a voting center prior to each election. Each voting center is open during business hours beginning October 19, 2018 and ends at 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

You can locate your nearest voting center by logging into MyVote.wa.gov or contacting your county’s elections department.

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Registration Deadlines:

The deadline to register to vote by mail or online is October 8, 2018.  If postmarked by the deadline, the registration is considered timely, but be aware that October 8, 2018 is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.  If you are filing a new registration, you may do so in person at your county auditor’s office by October 29, 2018.  Important note: Military and overseas voters are exempt from the voter registration deadline, but they must provide their last Washington State residential address when they request a ballot

How to Check Your Registration: Visit the Washington My Vote website or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: To register to vote, you MUST be:

  • A United States citizen;
  • A resident of Washington;
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

How to Register:

Online

Individuals may register to vote online in Washington.  The Online Voter Registration Form asks for your Washington State driver’s license or a current Washington State identification card

In Person

You may find a voter registration application at any county elections office or DMV office and other state agencies. If you register at the DMV or other location, retain proof of your voter registration application in case your application is not properly transmitted to the Secretary of State.

By Mail

Voter registration forms are also available by mail. Applicants may visit the Washington Secretary of State website to receive a voter registration form. Applicants may also contact their county elections office to receive a voter registration form.

Identification Required for Registration:

When you register online or by mail, you must provide your valid, unexpired Washington State driver’s license, driver’s permit, or state-issued identification, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.

If you vote in person, you will need to sign a ballot declaration and your signature will be compared to your registration signature. Otherwise, you will need to provide valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license, state identification card, student identification card, tribal identification card, or employer identification card.

The following forms of alternate identification are also acceptable:

  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • A government document that shows both your name and address

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If You Want to Vote Early or Absentee

All registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot, but may also vote in person at an early voting center starting October 19, 2018.  If the voter wishes to cast a ballot at an early vote center, but their election records indicate that they already voted the vote-by-mail ballot, the voter will be given a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will only be counted if the vote-by-mail regular ballot is not received.

Turning in your Absentee (Vote-by-mail) ballot

Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a designated 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 for further verification. If you are unable to sign the declaration, you can 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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Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you vote in person, you will need to sign a ballot declaration and your signature will be compared to your registration signature. Otherwise, you will need to provide valid photo ID. Valid forms include:

  • Washington driver’s license,
  • State identification card,
  • Student identification card,
  • Tribal identification card, or
  • Employer identification card.

Some acceptable alternate identification includes:

  • Copy of a current utility bill,
  • Current bank statement, or
  • Copy of a current paycheck.

If you do not have one of these forms of identification, then your vote will be by provisional ballot. If voters are shown as not registered or their right to vote is otherwise challenged, they may still vote by provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Washington voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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Moving Within the Same County

The voter should update his or her address 29 days before Election Day (by October 8, 2018) or earlier with the Secretary of State or the county auditor. The update may be done by (1) sending the county auditor a request stating both the voter’s previous and present address; (2) appearing in person before the county auditor and making the request; (3) telephoning or emailing the county auditor to transfer the registration; or (4) submitting an updated voter registration application.

If the voter has missed the deadline, the voter may contact the county auditor, and vote according to his or her previous address.

Moving Between Counties

The voter should update his or her address 29 days before Election Day (by October 8, 2018) or earlier with the Secretary of State or the county auditor. The voter must update his or her address by submitting an updated voter registration application.

If the voter has missed the deadline, the voter may contact the county auditor, and vote according to his or her previous address.

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Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request a special absentee ballot.  Military and overseas citizens can register to vote by fax or mail or can register to vote online using the Washington Secretary of State’s webpage. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Washington-specific FPCA page for details on using the FPCA.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can receive voting materials by fax, email, or postal service.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP’s Washington-specific FPCA page.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 8:00 p.m. Election Day deadline.  Ballots must be returned by the 8 p.m. Election Day deadline if sent by fax, or if sent by mail, post marked by Election Day and received by the county election office by the 20th day after the General Election. The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the “Federal Election Deadlines” chart (8PM, November 6th).

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, state, and local elections, including ballot measures. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Washington-specific FWAB page.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 8:00 p.m. Election Day deadline.  Ballots must be returned by the 8 p.m. Election Day deadline if sent by fax, or if sent by mail, post marked by Election Day and received by the county election office by the 20th day after the General Election. The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the “Federal Election Deadlines” chart (8PM, November 7th).

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Washington-specific FWAB page.

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If you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, your right to vote is restored as long as you are not under the authority (in prison or on community custody) of the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). Once your right is restored, you must re-register to vote in order to receive a ballot.

If you have questions about your status with Washington State DOC, you can call (800) 430-9674.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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