Washington voter registration guide
Washington voter registration deadlines
- Register to vote (online): 8 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (by mail): Received 8 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (in person): Election Day
Check your Washington voter registration status
- If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Washington registration using the Washington voter registration lookup tool.
- If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Washington voter registration rules
To register in Washington you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be 18 years old by Election Day
- be a legal resident of Washington State, your county, and precinct for 30 days immediately preceding Election Day
- not be incarcerated or on community supervision for a felony.
Washington online voter registration
- You can register to vote online if you have a Washington driver license, driver permit, tribal ID or nondriver photo ID card. If using a tribal ID, the state must be able to obtain a copy of your signature from the federal or tribal government.
- Visit the Washington online voter registration tool.
- Fill out all the required fields.
- You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
- You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your local election office.
- The deadline to register to vote online is 8 days before Election Day.
Washington by-mail voter registration
- Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: You must provide your Washington driver’s license or state ID card number. If you do not have a Washington driver’s license, or state ID card, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Failure to provide this information may prevent your registration from being processed.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: You are not required to designate your party affiliation to register in Washington.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
- Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
- Your voter registration form must be received 8 days before Election Day
Washington in-person voter registration
- Contact your local election office to find where to register to vote in person.
- Bring your Washington driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring one photo ID issued by any state or the Federal Government, and bring one document that shows your name and current address. Acceptable documents include a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
Washington same day registration
- Summary: Washington has same day registration. You can register and vote during the early voting period and on Election Day.
- Where to go:
Go to your designated voting location. Click here to find out where to vote.
- What to bring:
Bring your Washington driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring one photo ID issued by any state or the Federal Government, and bring one document that shows your name and current address. Acceptable documents include a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
- Need help? Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Registering to vote in Washington with a felony conviction
If you have been convicted of a felony and would like to register to vote, please visit Restore Your Vote. They will help you determine your eligibility and guide you through the process.
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Washington elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State Elections Division P.O. Box 40229 Olympia, WA 98504‐0229
- Washington online voter registration
- Washington voter status lookup
- Washington absentee ballot tracker
- Washington polling place locator