Who can vote
- be a United States citizen
- be a legal resident of Washington State, your county, and the precinct for the 30 days immediately prior to the election in which you wish to vote
- be at least 18 years old on Election Day (16 and 17 year olds can register as Prospective Voters and be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18)
- not be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections for a felony conviction in Washington
- * find more information on restoring voting rights here
Vote in person
Vote on Election Day
Voters in Washington can vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Friday, October 16, 2020 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Days and hours may vary by location.
- If you choose to appear in person to vote in Washington, it may help to bring your driver’s license or state ID. If you don’t have one, you can use the last four digits of your social security number to register or update your registration.
Vote by mail
Election Day Registration
Military voters and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) , or download it . Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send your request directly to your election official .
- It is never too early to submit your FPCA! Submit your form as soon as possible. You can also check the recommended shipping dates by country and region .
- Once your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it before the recommended deadline:
- 35 days before the election – On a boat: September 28, 2020
- 30 days before the election – Outside the United States: October 2, 2020
- 11 days before the election – In the United States: October 23, 2020
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you have not received your ballot before 30 days prior to Election Day, contact your local elections office .
If after submitting your FPCA your ballot does not arrive, contact your elections office. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Written Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print and sign the FWAB and mail it to your local elections office.
- If you send in your FWAB and then your normal absence slip arrives, you must fill it out and return it as well. Election officials will ensure that only one of the ballots is counted.
Check the status of your voter registration
Dates and deadlines
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 26, 2020.
- The deadline to register by mail to vote is (received by) Monday, October 26, 2020.
- The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The deadline to update an existing voter registration with a new name or address is Monday, October 26, 2020.
- The early voting period runs from Friday, October 16, 2020 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Days and hours may vary depending on your location.
- You can also register and vote on Election Day.