En español | Washington is a vote-by-mail state. If you’re a registered voter, you’ll automatically get a ballot in the mail before each election, but voting early in person is also an option.
The 2022 midterms decided races for the U.S. House and Senate, the state House and Senate and several statewide offices. The next statewide elections are in 2024.
A redistricting plan changed the boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
Online and mail registrations must be received eight days before an election, but you can register in person until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Check or update your registration at VoteWA.
Not in Washington, unless it’s a presidential primary. For congressional and statewide races, Washington uses a top-two primary system, whereby all candidates are listed on the same ballot and the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of their party.
County election offices mail ballots to all registered voters no later than 18 days before an election (or up to 45 days before an election for military and overseas voters). Contact your county’s elections department if you don’t receive one.
If you’ll be away during the election period, or if you’ve moved, contact your county’s elections department to update your mailing address.
If your original ballot is destroyed, damaged, lost or not received, request a new one online by logging in to VoteWA or contacting your county’s election department. Replacement ballots may be sent via mail or electronically, picked up at your county’s election office or printed from an online application. If you request a new ballot, it will supersede any previously issued ballot.
Yes. Log in to the VoteWA site and select Ballot Status. Allow up to five business days for your ballot to be posted as received.
Yes, at voting centers in each county during regular business hours, which may vary. In-person voting begins 18 days before an election. Contact your county’s elections department for details or locate your nearest voting center by logging in to VoteWA.
Log in to VoteWA for a map of drop boxes and voting centers in your area. Check with your county’s election department to confirm voting hours.
Not if you are already registered. To verify your identity, election officials will compare the signature on your ballot declaration against the signature collected when you registered to vote.
If you are registering to vote on Election Day, you will need to provide a current Washington state driver's license, permit or ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 30, 2022, with information about how to vote in Washington.
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