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How to Vote in Washington! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!



Check your registration:

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Print registration form:

Find your county elections office:

Update your mailing address:

Find a drop box or voting center:


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Hello citizens of Washington state. If you would like to vote, first you have to make sure that you're registered to vote, and you can check to see if you're already registered using the link in the description. If you still need to register, or 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 and 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 and ask to register in person. A link to their locations is in the description. If you want to vote in November, you have until October 10th to register online or by mail. You can also register in person until October 31st. Once you've 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 that 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 and want to vote in Washington, you can go the same website you used to check your registration and update your mailing address on there, so that your ballot will be sent to where you are now. Just make sure you do it before the ballots are mailed on October 21st. You can fill out your ballot at your own pace, 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 8 pm on November 8th. 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 the accessible voting 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. There will be links for everything you need to make sure you're registered, to vote absentee, and to find your drop box location down in the description. Thank you for voting.