How to vote in Washington

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Washington mails a ballot to all registered voters several weeks before the election. Stay tuned to your mailbox. You can also vote in person if you prefer to do so. Washington offers early voting.

Who can vote

To register in Washington you must:

  • 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

Registered voters in Washington can find where to vote on the Washington site .

Vote early

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.

What Brig

  • 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

Washington conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote by Monday, October 26, 2020, you should expect to receive a ballot at your designated mailing address. You can return your ballot by mail, or find where to return it on the Washington site .

See what’s on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the Washington Sample Ballot or by visiting Ballotpedia.

Need help?

TurboVote can help you start the process of requesting an absentee ballot / by mail, send reminders election and more!

Election Day Registration

Washington offers in-person registration during the early voting period and on Election Day.

Military voters and overseas voters

Active duty military personnel, their families, and overseas voters can register to vote and request their absentee ballots with the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). To do it:

  1. 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.
  2. Send your request directly to your election official .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Visit for more information on voting for military and foreign nationals in Washington. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or send an email to

Check the status of your voter registration

You can verify your voter registration and make sure your information is correct by using the Washington voter registration search tool .

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.

Contact information for voters in Washington

Secretary of State
520 Union Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Phone Number:
(360) 902-4180