Washington Election Information

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2014 Primary Election: August 5, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Washington State Secretary of State website. 

Other Important Election Information

Primary: All registered voters will receive a ballot by mail by July 19th 19. Return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, using a first class stamp, or at a ballot drop box. The deadline to return ballots is August 5th. Ballots must be postmarked by August 5th or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on that day.

General: All registered voters will receive a ballot by mail by October 18th. Return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, using a first class stamp, or at a ballot drop box. The deadline to return ballots is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on that day.


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Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Registration: July 7, 2014

2014 General Election: October 6, 2014

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You may register in person at your county clerks office up to 8 days before the election. You can also register to vote online up to 30 days before the election. 

Identification Required for Registration

If you register by mail, you will need a Washington state driver's license or a Washington state ID card.  If you have none of those forms of ID, you will be required to provide one of the following items when you cast your ballot:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Valid tribal ID of a federally recognized Indian tribe in Washington state
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • A government document that shows both your name and address

If you do not provide one of the above items either before or at the time of voting, your ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot.

How to Check Registration

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Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. 

You may request an absentee ballot for any given election.  One-time absentee ballot requests may be made either by phone, fax or mail as early as 90 days before an election to your county elections department. No absentee ballots are issued on election day except to a voter who is a resident of a health care facility.

In addition, the county election's department must mail all ballots to voters 18 days prior to an election.  You do not have to return your ballot by mail. You may return your ballot to the county election's department or another designated ballot drop site. 

Absentee ballots must be signed, postmarked, or delivered to the county election officer on or before Election Day at 8pm.

Early Voting

Return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, using a first class stamp, or at a ballot drop box. The deadline to return ballots is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on that day.


Washington State is a mail-in ballot state.Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. To receive your ballot, your voter registration mailing address must be current.  Your ballot packet will include a ballot, a secrecy envelope, and a return envelope. Follow the instructions that accompany your ballot. If you need a replacement ballot, contact your county elections department.

Your voter registration record should contain your current name or address. You can use Washington's online voter registration tool to let your County Elections Department know when you move or change your name. 

You must re-register or transfer your registration at least 30 days before the election to be eligible to vote in your new precinct.

If you are registered to vote but miss the deadline to update your address, you can still vote. Contact your county elections department where you are currently registered to request a ballot.

Registrations and updates submitted after the deadline will take effect for the next election.

Read more here.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Washington-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Washington-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Washington-specific FWAB page.

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If you have been convicted of a felony in WA, another state, or in federal court, you are eligible to vote once your civil rights have been restored. Once your right is restored, you must re-register to vote in order to receive a ballot. Read more online.

For more information, visit the Washington Secretary of State website,  or click here to download a Washington Election Protection Manual created by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its pro bono law firm partners.

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”

For more information for student voters, visit the Washington Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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