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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a current Washington State driver’s license or current Washington State ID card to register online.

Register Online


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Washington State Voter Registration Form, request one by mail by filling out this form online, or call (360) 902-4180 to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name, date of birth, gender, residential address, mailing address (if different), phone number (optional), and email address (optional)

Step 2 · Indicate whether you’re a US citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Indicate whether you currently serve in the military and whether you live outside the US

Step 4 · Provide your Washington State driver’s license, permit, or ID number. If you don’t have any of these numbers, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Step 5 · (if applicable) Update your name and address, if previously registered

Step 6 · Sign and date the form

Step 7 · (if applicable) If you don’t provide a license, permit, ID number, or Social Security number, you’ll need to provide one of the following documents with your registration or when you vote:

  • Photo ID
  • Tribal ID of a federally recognized Indian tribe in Washington State
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current government check
  • Current paycheck
  • Government document that shows both your name and address

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be mailed by Oct 10 to this address:

Washington State Elections Division
PO Box 40229
Olympia, WA 98504-0229

For faster processing, mail it to your County Elections Office


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the form in person at your County Election Office or locations such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name, date of birth, gender, residential address, mailing address (if different), phone number (optional), and email address (optional)

Step 2 · Indicate whether you’re a US citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Indicate whether you currently serve in the military and whether you live outside the US

Step 4 · Provide your Washington State driver’s license, permit, or ID number. If you don’t have any of these numbers, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Step 5 · (If applicable) Update your name and address, if previously registered

Step 6 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Register by the close of business on Oct 31. You can find out the exact closing time from your County Election Office.


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Washington address by Oct 9
  • If convicted of a felony, not be in jail or community custody
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 10

Mail
October 10

In Person
October 31

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 21–Nov 7

Vote in person at a voting center

Be sure to bring an accepted form of ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

 

Who can vote by mail

All registered voters automatically receive a mail ballot.


1. Receive your mail ballot

If you’re registered at your current address by Oct 10, you’ll automatically receive an official ballot as early as Oct 21


2. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail the completed ballot to the address on the return envelope so it’s postmarked by Election Day, Nov 8. You can also return your ballot in person to a ballot drop box by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot at weiapplets.sos.wa.gov
Absentee/Mail ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 21–Nov 7

Vote in person at a voting center

Be sure to bring an accepted form of ID


Vote on Election Day
November 8

 

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Washington. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live in the state, county, and precinct by Oct 9
  • If convicted of a felony, not be in jail or community custody
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state

In person ID requirements

Be sure to bring one of the following photo IDs:

  • A Washington driver’s license or state ID card
  • A student ID card
  • A tribal ID card
  • Employer ID card

If you don’t have a photo ID and want to vote in person, you’ll have to vote a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if the signature on your ballot declaration matches the signature on your voter registration record.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Although voting is done by-mail, voters can still vote in-person if they wish to do so. Check out our Early Voting page for details.