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COVID-19 Voting Update: Washington state voted by mail before the pandemic and will continue to do so in the 2020 general election.

[updated September 4, 2020]


Check your registration status:

Register by mail:

Register online:

Request your ballot mailed elsewhere:

Track your mail-in ballot:

Find your polling location:

Find your sample ballot:

Find county elections office:

Campus Vote Project:


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Hey Washington, If you want to vote, first you've gotta be registered.

You can check if you’re already registered using the link down in the description. If you still need to register, or if you’ve moved since the last time you voted and need to update your registration, there’s a few ways you can do it.

If you have a valid Washington driver’s license or state ID, there’s a link in the description where you can go register online right now. If you don’t have a license, you’ll need to use the link below to print out a form and mail it in. Or go to your county elections office or a vote center and ask to register in person.

A link to their locations is in the description. You have until October 26th to register online or by mail. You can also register in person all the way through election day at your nearest vote center.

Just use the link below to find a location, and make sure you bring proof of residence with you, like a photo ID, or a utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement with your name and address on it if you need to register in person. Once you’re registered, you get to vote. Washington makes it really easy for you – everyone in the entire state votes by mail.

As long as you’re registered by the deadline, a ballot will get mailed to your home address 18 days before the election. There’s nothing special you have to do to request it; it just shows up. If you know you’re going to be out of town for those few weeks before the election or you’re a student going to school in another state but want to vote in Washington, you can go to the same website you used to check your registration and update your mailing address so that your ballot will be sent to wherever you are now.

Just make sure you do it before ballots are mailed on October 16th. You can fill out your ballot at your own pace at home, take time to research the candidates or other ballot measures if you want to, and then mail your ballot back with enough time for it to arrive at your county elections office by 8pm on November 3rd. If you don’t want to mail your ballot, or it’s too close to the election to mail it back in time, you should turn in your ballot at an official drop box.

Also, if you have any trouble filling out a mail ballot, you can go to an accessible vote center to get help. There’s a link to a drop box and voting center locator in the description below. And that’s it.

That’s all you have to do to vote. Still, if you’re going to vote—it doesn’t hurt to open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, where your ballot needs to be mailed, whether you’re going to mail back your ballot or drop it in a drop box, even when you’re gonna stop by the post office and pick up those stamps you need.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. There will be links for everything you need to make sure you’re registered, vote absentee, or find your drop box location. Thanks for voting.

How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.