Washington State votes by mail. Vote by mail is convenient and gives you extra time to learn about the ballot measures and candidates before casting your vote.
Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. To receive your ballot, your voter registration mailing address must be current. You can update your address online with VoteWa.
If you are a registered voter and do not receive your ballot, contact your county elections department.
Your ballot packet will include a ballot, a secrecy envelope, and a return envelope. Follow the instructions that accompany your ballot. If you need a replacement ballot, contact your county elections department.
Be an informed voter
Washington has many ways to help voters become informed about ballot measures and candidates:
Other sources of information about candidates and issues include local newspapers, television, libraries, political parties, and campaigns.
Your ballot must be:
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. If you are unable to sign the declaration, make a mark in front of two witnesses and have them sign in the designated spaces.
Find out more about the next steps of ballot processing and secrecy.