How to vote

Washington is a vote by mail state. That means you when you register to vote, you will automatically receive your ballot and voters' pamphlet in the mail before each election. Ballots are mailed out 18 days prior to the election. Military and overseas voters will receive their ballot 45 days before a general and primary election and 30 days before a special election.

Voting Tips

  • Read the ballot, envelope and voters’ pamphlet carefully.
  • Completely fill in the oval next to your choice.
  • We will count only those races for which you voted, and your ballot will be processed even if you don’t vote for each race.
  • Remove and recycle the stub at the top of the ballot.
  • Sign the declaration on the back of the return envelope.
  • Do not put multiple ballots in one envelope.
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