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Washington absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In Washington, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: No specific deadline
  • By-mail: No specific deadline
  • Online:
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in Washington

Washington elections are all vote-by-mail. You can still apply for a one-time absentee ballot if you will be away from home during a specific election.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the Washington absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: No specific deadline.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: No specific deadline.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Washington.