Voter Registration: Washington


Registration Deadline: To register by mail or online, your application must be received no later than 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 PM on Election Day.


Party Affiliation: Washington does not have party registration as part of voter registration.  Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation either when they register or vote.



Age: Must be at least 18 years old by Election Day.  (16 and 17-year-olds may sign up as a Future Voter and be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18.) 

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Washington State at least 30 days before Election Day

Mental Competency: Click here to find more information on mental competency voting requirements.

Felony Convictions: If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State court, your right to vote is restored automatically once you are no longer under the authority of Department of Corrections. For more information on felons and voting rights, click here. Once your right to vote is restored, you must re-register in order to receive a ballot. You can re-register online with VoteWA, by mail, or in person.



Online: Click on this link

In person: Visit your County Elections department to obtain and complete a voter registration form in person.

By mail/ in writing: Request a voter registration form be sent to your residential address.

Or download a Washington State Voter Registration Form and mail it to your county elections office.



Online: Washington Voter Registration Verification

Phone: Contact your local election officials.


MILITARY & OVERSEAS VOTING: Military and overseas voters may register normally, but have special exemptions and may receive their ballot long before normal voters. More information here.



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.


Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a 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. If you are unable to sign the declaration, make a mark in front of two witnesses and have them sign in the designated spaces.



Each county opens a voting center prior to each primary, special election, and general election. Each voting center is open during business hours during the voting period, which begins eighteen days before, and ends at 8:00 p.m. on the day of the primary, special election, or general election.

You can locate your nearest voting center by logging into or contacting your county's elections department.


College Student Voters: Click here

Voters with Disabilities: Click here

Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: Places to return my ballot

Problems with voting: Voter Concern Form

Verifying Vote By Mail status: Click here